Rep. Lucy Torres-Gomez was named as new Rice Ambassadress in a recent meeting at the House of Representatives, Quezon City. Lucy Torres-PhilRice

As rice ambassadress, Gomez will promote the advocacies of the Be RICEponsible campaign such as the non-wastage of rice and the consumption of brown rice and rice mixed with corn or other staples to promote better health.

A multi-awarded television host, Gomez agreed to appear in videos and photos promoting the Be RICEponsible advocacy to be shown in television, radio, billboards, and social media as she is a believer of the benefits of brown or unpolished rice and corn grits.

“I really love brown rice. It is my rice at home,” Gomez said.

As public servant, she is a member of the 16th Congress and Assistant Majority Leader, representing Leyte’s fourth district. Her priorities as legislator include public order and safety, women, children, health, and education.

She had sponsored an amendment to the Expanded Breastfeeding Promotion Act of 2009, which revises the provisions on breastfeeding babies during work hours, and had pledged “no classroom shortage by 2015” in her district.

Hazel V. Antonio, director of the Be RICEponsible campaign, said Gomez was chosen because of her ideal image as a mother and her excellent track record as a public servant. That is apart from the fact that Lucy eats brown rice and corn grits.

“Lucy is well-loved by many Filipinos and we believe that her influence as a policy-maker and as a TV personality can inspire the millions of people to be RICEponsible,” Antonio said.

The Be RICEponsible is an advocacy campaign that aims to promote the RICEponsibility of every Filipino to their bodies and to our country.

 

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