Schools in Philippine are to teach with the value of rice. Mentioning the rice wastage nationwide, the Department of Education (DepED) has urged all the private and public schools nationwide to take part in the activities that will make the National Rice Awareness Month in November remarkable.

The activities that are included in the memorandum of Education Secretary, Armin Luistro includes teaching students the value of their staple food rice and the hard work farmers put on to produce rice. In his memo, he cited that the Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice)found thatFilipinos wasted nine grams or two to three spoonfuls of rice each daily in 2008 and this could have fed 2.5 million people in one year.

Rice is generally wasted when either rice is overcooked, under cooked or is served more than required.

The activities under the programme includes aim to promote the “rice-ponsibility” of every Filipino. This includes not wasting rice, use of brown variety of rice, teaching students about hard work of farmers, mixing rice with other grains for better health.

As one of the activities for National Rice Awareness Month, Luistro encouraged all department officials, employees, teachers and students of both public and private schools nationwide to launch information campaigns about the staple and to recite the “Panatang Makapalay” (Rice Pledge) at the end of the flag-raising ceremony every morning in November.

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