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The National Rice Awareness Month, which is celebrated every November, kicked off through a pledge for rice led by the Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice), Nov. 5.

“As Filipino, I commit myself to helping conserve rice,” about a hundred PhilRice staff pledged in Filipino.

They swore not to cook, scoop, or order rice more than what they can consume; and to properly cook rice – not over or undercooked.

They also pledged to eat unpolished or brown rice and equally nutritious food as substitute to rice such as saba, sweet potato, and corn.

“I also commit myself to disseminate these ways of being responsible rice consumers to value farmers’ hardships and support the country’s goal of providing enough food for fellow Filipinos,” they said.

Pledgers are expected to keep their oath to help the government save as high as P6.2 billion on rice imports and feed 2.6 million hungry Filipinos in a year.

Know more about the National Rice Awareness Month and its activities at http://www.facebook.com/rice.matters, http://twitter.com/rice_matters, and http://www.facebook.com/riceawareness.

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Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) is a government corporate entity attached to the Department of Agriculture created through Executive Order 1061 on 5 November 1985 (as amended) to help develop high-yielding and cost-reducing technologies so farmers can produce enough rice for all Filipinos.

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