YES TO SUPER RICE
Fortified with iron, formulated to fight malnutrition, this is Super Rice!
Super Rice is now in Olongapo City, launched recently by Mayor James "Bong" Gordon, Jr. and First Lady Anne Gordon in simple ceremonies at city hall.
“The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) aims to develop and implement iron food fortification and improve the nutritional well-being of people,” said DOST Secretary Mario Montejo in a message read by Didith Monte Vergel of DOST at the Super Rice launching.
Angie Pasos, nutrition counselor of region 3, also proudly announced that the 6 percent malnutrition rate among Olongapo City residents in recent years has already improved to 4 percent and with super rice available for everyday dietary requirements, malnutrition may become a thing of the past in the city.
First Lady Anne Gordon said the City Health Office should take a major role in promoting super rice for its health benefits.
“Health is important... we should have a well-developed body,” said Mayor Gordon.
Maria Vicenta Magpantay, nutritional counselor of region 3, Edna Elane, city councilor, Rich Torralba, city nutritionist, Department of Education (DepEd) representatives, Barangay representatives and rice dealers were also present at the launching ceremony.
A colorful dance presentation from selected students of Olongapo City Elementary School (OCES) and a free tasting of cooked super rice concluded the ceremony.