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Science City of Muñoz, the only science city in the country, supports the call for Filipinos to be RICEponsible or having a better attitude towards rice and farmers.

In adopting the Be RICEponsible campaign, an offshoot of the declaration of the National Year of Rice in 2013, the local government unit headed by Mayor Nestor Alvarez, kicked off the city campaign through a recent motorcade.

“Science City of Muñoz is a leader in advocacy so I encourage everyone to minimize rice wastage and support efforts that will help improve the rice sector,” Alvarez told the science community, mostly from the Philippine Rice Research Institute, Philippine Carabao Center, Philippine Center for Post Harvest Development and Mechanization, Phil-Sino Center for Agricultural Technology, and Central Luzon State University.

In its move to be RICEponsible, the city calls on the farmers to use modern rice farming technologies and the public to reduce rice wastage, eat brown rice and other staples, and value the hard work of farmers.

The municipal council is also working on an ordinance requiring the food service industry within the city of Muñoz to include one-half cup cooked rice in their menu and to make it the default serving of rice.

The city will also conduct a seminar in July featuring brown rice to inform rice consumers of its benefits, which include reduced incidence of cardiovascular diseases, cancer, and diabetes.

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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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