The contestants prepared appetizing and nutritious dishes using brown rice or unpolished rice as the main ingredient. The entries were judged through originality, palatability, creativity and presentation by professional dieticians Ms. Eva Pacturan of DA-RFO 10, Indora Catada of Philippine Fiber Industry Development Authority (PhilFIDA) and Kenneth Janne Mediana of the City Health Office.
The “Brown Rice ala Valenciana” entry of Elvira L. Segovia from the Rural Improvement Club (RIC) of Cagayan de oro won first place. Marivic T.Gumaling from Poblacion 2, Villanueva, Misamis Oriental won second place with her “Brown Rice Arroz Caldo” while Carlito Magpulong from Laguindingan, Misamis Oriental won third place with his “Brown Rice Chao Fan”. All the winners received gift and cash prizes.
On her message during the awarding, Regional Director Lealyn A. Ramos, DA-RFO 10, thanked the LGU for participating the event. She likewise encouraged the DA community to try brown rice as an alternative staple food considering that it provides nourishment for the family. In doing so, we can help address the problems of hunger, undernourishment, low income among rice farmers thus, contribute to attain rice self-sufficiency.
Also present during the activity were Assistant Regional Director Constancio C. Maghanoy Jr. and the assisting Agricultural technologists from Cagayan de Oro and the municipalities of Villanueva and Laguindingan.# (MTDLugares, DA-RFO 10)
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