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The National Rice Awareness Month team of PhilRice announced that farmer victims in Central Luzon will benefit from the Institute’s advocacy run to be conducted at Quirino Grandstand and Roxas Blvd in Manila, Dec. 3.

Diadem B. Gonzales, head of PhilRice’s Development Communication Division, said that helping the rice farmers must be prioritized to keep them on track in helping the country achieve its goal of rice self-sufficiency by 2013. It can be recalled that in Central Luzon, damage to rice and corn was estimated at P6.2 billion during the onslaught of Typhoon Pedring in October.

“A significant portion of the proceeds of this year’s PhilRice advocacy run will be donated to the farmers in the rice granary in the Philippines.  Our farmers in adverse times need more support aside from the technologies we impart to them,” she said.

Dubbed as Run 4 Rice: A Save Rice, Save Lives Advocacy Run, the fun run will be conducted to inform residents in the Manila area the importance of eating the right amount of rice and the trying other sources of good carbohydrates such as white corn, sweet potato, and cassava.

The advocacy run featuring 3k, 5k, and 10k-distance categories, caps the National Rice Awareness Month annually conducted every November. This year, the month-long celebration focuses on eating the right amount of rice and trying other good sources of carbohydrates such as white corn, sweet potato, and cassava.

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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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