DAGUPAN CITY – The National Food Authority (NFA) urged people from the different sectors to become “food guardians” who will become the agency’s partners in ensuring that rice is available, accessible, affordable and safe for the public.
Chona Maramba of NFA-Western Pangasinan said that food guardians are expected to uphold NFA’s rice sufficiency initiatives like the “Be Riceponsible” campaign, which aims to promote the “RICEponsibility” of every Filipino to help the country achieve rice self-sufficiency by not wasting rice.
“Data on rice wastage show that each Filipino wastes two tablespoons of cooked rice daily, which, if not wasted, could result in import savings of P6.2 billion and could feed 2.6 million Filipinos in a year,” Maramba said.
As food guardians, the volunteers must pledge not to waste rice which is the staple food of Filipinos, she said said during the general assembly of the Pangasinan Association of Government Information Officers (PAGIO) held on Wednesday at the PIA-Pangasinan office here.
Members of PAGIO extended their support to NFA’s advocacy campaign as they registered their names and had their photos taken while holding a fan sign: “I am a FOOD GUARDIAN” with the hashtag #1for100iNFAntry.
Meanwhile, Maramba said that the NFA starts to buy palay from individual farmers and farmers’ organizations in the province.
She said her office still accepts application and revalidation of farmers’ passbook for individual farmers and farmers’ group to be used in delivering their palay to the food agency. (VHS/AMM/PIA-1, Pangasinan)