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About 500 rice farmers in Macalelon, Quezon will receive farm inputs from the proceeds of the advocacy run recently conducted by Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) in Los Baños, Laguna.

Noriel M. Angeles, organizer of Rice Self-Sufficiency Run, said PhilRice will provide seeds to the upland farmers as support to the Agri-Pinoy program of Department of Agriculture (DA), which aims to provide enough food for Filipinos, particularly in poor households.

“Proceeds are still being accounted. Once completed, the seeds will be given to the staff of the provincial agriculture office and they will be in charge of the distribution,” he said.

Angeles said the beneficiaries were chosen as they are partners in the field trials on upland lines during the implementation of PhilRice’s Location Specific Technology Development program in the area.

Participated by about 500 runners, the activity also aimed to create awareness on reducing rice wastage and to encourage consumers to try corn, cassava, banana, sweet potato as sources of carbohydrates for better health.

Nationals of Kenya Republic dominated the 16 and 10-km run, male and female categories. Benjamin Kipkazi, Willy Kotich, and James Mibei finished 1st, 2nd, and 3rd, respectively, in the 16-km route while Irene Kipchumba, Christabel Martes, and Susan Chemuthi Chepkwony dominated the female category.

Winners for the 10-km male category were: Philip Ronoh, Samson Tuwei, and Elij Kipruto while Filipino runners Cindy Lorenzo, Charlene Aquino, and Melanie Malihan, ruled in the female category.

Meanwhile, representatives from partner agencies and institutions reigned in the 5-km, male and female categories. They were Joseph Mancera, Mark Garin, and Leigh Vial; and Josephine Mendoza, Jaycel Canosa, and Althea Krisma Abueg.

Event’s major partners include the office of Dante S. De Lima, national program coordinator for Agri-Pinoy Rice; DA-Regional Field Unit IVA; and Bureau of Agricultural Research. International Rice Research Institute, University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB), Centro International de la Papa (International Potato Center), UPLB Institute of Plant Breeding also supported the event.

Other sponsors were Bayer Crop Science, Pioneer Hi-bred, Pocari Sweat, Move Your Body Shop, Matten Technologies, Red Cross Youth UPLB, and UP Society of Agronomy Major Students.

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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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