Panatang Makapalay

Science City of Muñoz, Nueva Ecija – Students vowed to be “RICEponsible” in a National Rice Awareness Month (NRAM) event for kids held at Maligaya Elementary School, Nov. 25.

The activity aimed to mold children not to waste rice and appreciate farmers’ hard work through creative presentations and by giving kid-friendly knowledge products about rice such as the “PalayKulayan” coloring book.

“This event is wonderful for instilling the lessons related to good eating habits because it is done in a creative way. I am hopeful the learnings that they gained today will be ingrained in their daily lives,” said Jason Valdez, Teacher III.

About 100 kindergartens to Grade 6 pupils listened to the story of  Oryzaurus, the rice-eating monster from the children’s book “Hungry Oryzaurus” published by the Department of Agriculture-Philippine Rice Research Institute.

“Panatang Makapalay”, “Be RICEponsible” jingle, and nutritious brown rice arroz caldo were also introduced to the pupils.

The activity, which was conducted with the Kiwanis International, garnered a 100% satisfaction rating among the young learners. Pupils said they liked the storytelling and that they agreed not to waste rice. They also expressed their willingness to share their learnings with their family and friends.

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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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