Golden rice project forms stronger foothold nationwide
The Golden Rice Project of the Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) has established a stronger foothold nationwide after a series of meetings were held across different areas to brief stakeholders on the status of the Golden Rice development.
In coordination with the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), PhilRice led a series of briefings in Quezon City, Nueva Ecija, Isabela, Ilocos Norte, Agusan del Norte, Albay, Camarines Sur, and Tagaytay City from July to September.
Different stakeholders — such as farmers, policy makers, students and teachers, research and development professionals, medical and health practitioners, and media and public information officers — participated in these activities.
The briefings provided updates on the status of the Golden Rice development, the nutrition situation in the Philippines, and the new measures under the new Joint Department Circular (JDC) governing research, testing, and deployment of plant biotechnology products, such as Golden Rice.
Participants were encouraged to ask questions and to provide their viewpoints during the open forum.
“Briefings, meetings, and dialogues were conducted to inform the public about the status of the project, to listen to and address their concerns, and to generate support for the project’s continuation and completion,” said Roel Suralta, Golden Rice Project Leader at PhilRice.
During these meetings, many have voiced out their support for the project.
According to Eugenio Dayag, a medical doctor and former city health officer in San Mateo, Isabela, golden rice is a very good health intervention as well as a safe source of vitamin A as its beta carotene is the same to what is found in fruits and vegetables.