QUEZON City, Philippines (August 31) – Former President Diosdado Macapagal signed Proclamation No. 304 on 1964, declaring August 29 to September 5 of every year as Rice and Corn Week.
This event is celebrated annually to raise national consciousness and interest among Filipino farmers to increase their production of agricultural crops, particularly rice and corn.
Rice is a staple food in the Philippines, supplying about 35% of the average Filipino’s calorie intake. Rice has many varieties and uses aside from just the plain steamed staple food that we know; It is also used for making desserts and snacks.
On the other hand, corn is the second most important crop in the Philippines. It is also a staple food in different parts of the world. Sometimes, corn is used as a substitute for rice. It is also used for dessert, animal feeds, and to produce other products such as corn ethanol and corn starch.