Beauty pageant candidates enjoined to be Riceponsible
35 young candidates vying for the title “Mr. and Ms. Republic of the Philippines” paid a visit to Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) to learn some of the country’s rice advocacies and programs.
PhilRice Acting Deputy Director for Development Karen T. Barroga welcomed them with a strong message highlighting the importance of being riceponsible.
By being Riceponsible, Barroga enjoined the candidates to support the Institute’s advocacy to honor the rice farmers who grow our food and to avoid wasting rice.
She emphasized that rice wastage has become a common social problem these days with an average Filipino wasting 2 tablespoons of rice every day.
“I certainly learned a lot especially being Riceponsible and I was amazed with the idea on how we can help the rice industry in our own little way by not wasting rice, ’’ said Ms. Isabela, April Liban.
At the FutureRice Farm, candidates were briefed on how new technologies are being used for rice farming and the integration of livestock into it.
They also toured at the Rice Science Museum where they saw and learnt interesting rice arts and traditional tools of cultivating lands.