by Sheila Herradura Toreno

In an effort to tap the consciousness of the producers and consumers on the importance of rice, the Department of Agriculture (DA) 6 organized a three-kilometer Run for RICEponsibility today at SM City Iloilo for both rice farmers and consumers of Region 6.

The fun run is among the activities conducted by DA in support to the National Rice Awareness Month (NRAM) celebration this year.

“We would like to thank everyone for supporting our campaign on responsible consumption of rice. The theme for our celebration is Quality Rice, Quality Life. With this, we are encouraging our farmers to produce quality rice for consumers and contribute in achieving rice security, our consumers to be ‘riceponsible’, and the public influencers to help us advocate this campaign,” said DA 6 Regional Executive Director Remelyn R. Recoter.

This year’s NRAM focuses on how farmers and consumers can work together to produce quality rice and achieve quality life.

Winners in the Run for RICEponsibility are the following:

Male Category

1st Place – Alfrens Braza of Mandurriao, Iloilo City

2nd Place – Alden Doronila of Dumangas, Iloilo

3rd Place – Dave Loredo of Dingle, Iloilo

Female Category

1st Place – Eunesa Entrina of Dingle, Iloilo

2nd Place – Abigail Odelmo of Guimaras

3rd Place – Ruffamae Villalobos of Dingle, Iloilo

The top finishers received cash prizes of P3,000, P2,500, and P1,500 each for the first, second, and third slots, respectively.

T-shirts, ballers, mugs, tumblers, brown and white rice were distributed to the participants, top finishers and raffle draw winners.

DA’s attached and line agencies including the National Food Authority, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, Philippine Coconut Authority, Bureau of Animal Industry, Philippine Carabao Center, and National Irrigation Administration had also signified their support to the NRAM celebration. Farmers from the municipalities of Oton, Tubungan, Calinog, Barotac Nuevo, Dingle, Miagao, Leganes, Sta. Barbara, Dumangas, and Iloilo Rice Processing Complex in Pototan, Iloilo participated in the DA-sponsored fun run.