ITOGON, BENGUET – More than 600 pupils with their parents at the Ucab Elementary School in barangay Ucab here have benefited from the rice awareness campaign of the Department Agriculture – Cordillera Administrative Region (DA-CAR) as part of this year’s National Rice Awareness Month (NRAM) celebration last Tuesday, November 20, 2018.

This year’s theme – “Quality Rice. Quality Life” is focused on how farmers and consumers can work together to produce quality rice while reaching out to all rice eaters to be aware on responsible rice consumption to achieve quality life.

The event was conducted to promote rice-corn blend and brown rice for a healthy living. Likewise, it aimed to encourage everyone to be “RICEponsible” in their own ways.

Robert L. Domoguen of the DA-CAR shared in his message that part of the NRAM celebration is the conduct of the Be RICEponsible campaign that aims to encourage farmers, policy-makers, and the public to lessen rice wastage and promote healthier rice consumption that will also help farmers increase their income.

“Do not waste rice,” challenged Domoguen as he encouraged everyone to only cook and eat the quantity of rice that one can consume.

The program included brief discussions on the importance of rice, corn, and milk consumption.

In relation to this, Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) Director Arlene Flores encouraged the pupils to obey and share whatever learnings they acquired from the discussions.

“This campaign cannot be fulfilled by one person alone, obey what you have learned and disseminate it to your friends and family,” said Dir. Flores.

Prior to the highlight of the event, the pupils recited the Panatang Makapalay, a consumer’s pledge to reduce rice wastage.

The meal that was distributed contained a cooked brown rice with three viands – chicken, fish and vegetables; an apple; a bottled water; and a cup of fresh milk from the Baguio Dairy Farm.

The event was successfully conducted with the support and participation of the Ucab ES pupils, parents and teachers, and the Ucab barangay Local Government Unit. ### ELVY S. TAQUIO