Agriculture Assistant Secretary Dante Delima (left) leads the recitation of ‘Panatang Makapalay,’ a consumers’ pledge to reduce rice wastage, at the National Year of Rice (NYR) commitment day, February 25, 2013, at the Liwasang Aurora of the Quezon Memorial Circle in Quezon City.
The event, including a signing of an NYR commitment wall (at right), was attended by about 1,500 officials and employees of the Department of Agriculture (DA), its bureaus, regional offices and attached agencies, including those from nearby government agencies. It is part of the year-long NYR advocacy campaign to increase rice production and farmers’ incomes, and lessen rice wastage, towards attaining national sufficiency by end of 2013. President Benigno S. Aquino III has issued Proclamation No. 494, on October 18, 2012, declaring 2013 as ‘National Year of Rice,’ an advocacy campaign led by the DA.