Gov’t urged to study how to reduce per capita rice consumption

UNTV News   •   July 27, 2017   •   5128

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Ako Bicol Party List Representative Rodel Batocade sees reduction of rice consumption as a way to achieve rice self-sufficiency in the country.

“It should be a policy now of the Duterte administration not only to talk about the supply side, which is to achieve rice sufficiency, but also to talk about the demand side on how to decrease our consumption of rice,” Rep. Batocade said.

The lawmaker said a technical working group or a committee is needed to study its possibility.

He added that the help from the Department of Education is necessary so that students will be educated on the negative effects of too much consumption of rice.

“If you were trained when you were young to limit your rice consumption, you would have no problem,” Batocade said.

The current per capita rice consumption is 109.87 kilograms as compared to 114.27 kilograms in 2016, based on the data of the National Food Authority (NFA).

The agency argued that Filipinos are now eating rice substitutes such as bread, cassava and banana.

Former Agriculture Secretary William Dar said it is not easy to change the culture and eating habits of Filipinos, similar with other countries.

“It may take a generation or so before you can really encourage them to reduce so much their consumption,” Dar said. – Rey Pelayo | UNTV News and Rescue

 

DepEd encourages eligible personnel to register for COVID-19 vaccination

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 22, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Education (DepEd) is encouraging its eligible personnel to register and get vaccinated for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

This,  after the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID) approved the inclusion of education frontliners to the higher priority groups from category B1 to A4.

In a statement, Secretary Leonor Briones hopes to start vaccinating the rest of DepEd’s teaching and non-teaching personnel by June 2021 as part of the A4 priority list.

“We would like to encourage all of our personnel to coordinate with their local government units so they can be vaccinated against COVID-19. This will play a huge role in our bid for our learners’ return to school,” she said.

Vaccine recipients are also requested to note their vaccination details, including the registration and the vaccination card for documentation and monitoring purposes within DepEd.

Meanwhile, Briones also advised DepEd personnel to rely on credible and official sources such as the Department of Health (DOH) and LGU websites and social media accounts for accurate information about the COVID-19 pandemic, vaccines, and vaccination program.

“I am encouraging everyone to be proactive in learning about the vaccine and the vaccination program, and to make an informed choice about the matter,” she said. AAC

More than 790K teachers to be vaccinated vs COVID-19 in June — DepEd

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 19, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Education (DepEd) said teachers get to have their turn to be vaccinated against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in June.

DepEd Secretary Leonor Briones reported that more than 790,000 public school teachers and personnel are set to receive the vaccination in June to protect teachers during school enrollment.

Siguro, mga June ito mag-umpisa. By that time, mag-start na ang enrollment, marami nang activities sa mga eskuwelahan. Kailangan protektado ang mga teacher (It might start around June because, by that time, enrollment and other activities will begin. We need to protect our teachers),” she said.

Briones said teachers and other education personnel will no longer need to register since the department already have a list for the vaccination program for education frontliners.

The Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) has previously approved the recommendation of DepEd to include education frontliners in the government’s A4 COVID-19 vaccination priority list from the B1 cluster. AAC 

DepEd welcomes IATF decision to include education frontliners in A4 priority vaccination group

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 16, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Education (DepEd) expressed its gratitude to the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) for including education frontliners in the A4 priority vaccination group.

In a statement on Friday (April 16), DepEd Secretary Leonor Briones is thankful to the IATF for approving their recommendation to include teachers and other education frontliners.

“As reiterated by the President, vaccination is a key component of any roadmap to the resumption of face-to-face classes. With the adjustment of vaccine prioritization (from B1 to A4) for basic education frontliners, we can speed up the rollout of vaccines among our teachers and non-teaching staff,” DepEd said.

DepEd also reiterated its commitment to continuously protect the health and safety of teachers, learners and non-teaching personnel, and prioritize their welfare at this critical time. AAC

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