ComVal I-Rice bags CSC Pag-asa Awards

The ComVal I-Rice, a joint project by the Department of Science and Technology-XI, Food and Nutrition Council and the Provincial Government of Compostela Valley won the Pag-asa Awards from the Civil Service Commission. An awarding ceremony was held at Malacanang Palace Rizal Hall last September 20, 2017 where no less than President Rodrigo Duterte extended the award to the ComVal I-Rice Team. Gov. Jayvee Tyron L. Uy received the award along with DOST-XI Regional Director Dr. Anthony Sales and Provincial Director Kenneth Barroga, and DOST-FNRI’s Dr. Imelda Agdeppa.

The project was created by PLGU-Compostela Valley, DOST-FNRI and DOST-XI to address the problem of iron deficiency anemia among the school-children of Compostela Valley. It was in 2013 that then Board Member Tyron Uy sponsored an ordinance in the Sangguniang Panlalawigan to institutionalize the use of the iron-fortified rice. Currently, the iron-fortified rice is the official rice used for the Kusina ng Kalinga, a 120-day feeding program among wasted and severely wasted elementary school-children of Compostela Valley. The pilot use of the program showed a 93%  improvement rate in Maco South District in Maco, Compostela Valley.

“I thank the CSC and the committee members for choosing the I-Rice Project. This is indeed a validation for the years we worked hard”, Gov. Uy said.

The Comval I-Rice Team vowed to further promote the consumption of the rice through strong promotions system, consistent information dissemination and giving of incentives through loan and credit assistance to cooperatives, as promised by the DOST-FNRI.

The governor also said that the success of the project only proves that there is indeed a need to become innovative in approaching problems in the community.

“There is a need for us to leave the traditional and start being creative in how we deal problems in the community. Comval I-Rice addresses both the hunger and the anemia problem among schoolchildren. Its new, innovative and multi-tiered,”  the young governor continues.

The panel of judges who decided the winners of the CSC award include CSC Chair Alicia dela Rosa-Bala, columnist Jarius Bondoc, Presidential Protocol Office Head Robert Eric Borje, Helen O. Orande of the League of Corporate Foundations, SM Foundation’s Executive Director Deborah Sy, CSC Commissioner Robert S. Martinez, Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales, COA Chairperson Michael G. Aguinaldo, Deputy Executive Secretary Rizalina Justol and Undersecretary Maria Victoria S. Querol.  (allin joy camille, ids comval)

Gov. Jayvee Tyron L. Uy received the Pag-asa Awards from the Civil Service Commission along with DOST-XI Regional Director Dr. Anthony Sales and Provincial Director Kenneth Barroga, and DOST-FNRI’s Dr. Imelda Agdeppa at the Malacanang Palace Rizal Hall on September 20, 2017 where no less than President Rodrigo Duterte extended the award to the ComVal I-Rice Team.