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RP Issues of 2004





2004, October 15.  United Nations Year of Rice

Litho Offset.  Amstar Company, Inc.,  Perf. 14.

Se-tenant Pairs (3 Different), Sheets of 40



Se-tenant Pairs,  Three Different   (50,000)

    6p  Art Work by Maria Enna T. Alegre

    6p  Art Work by Lady Fatima M. Velasco

    6p  Art Work by Ljian B. Delgado

    6p  Art Work by Sean Y. Pajaron

    6p  Art Work by Gary M. Manalo

    6p  Art Work by Michael O. Villadolid


36p Souvenir Sheets of 6   (10,000)


Layout Artist:   Alfonso V. Divina

Design Coordinator:  R. German F. Florida, Jr.


Designs:  Winning entries from Rice is Life National Postage Stamps Design Contest.  A joint project of Philippine Postal Corporation in partnership with the Department of Agriculture, Department of Education, Commission on Higher Education and the United Nations Information Centre.  The contest was conducted to create more awareness on rice as the most valuable crops for Filipinos. This was supported by  the Philippine Rice Research Institute, the International Rice Research Institute and the Bureau of Agriculture Research.  Nine Winners were selected from 2,049 entries from elementary, high school and college students all over the Philippines. The first and second place entries in the elementary, high school and college categories are featured as IYR Special Stamps while the third place entries are featured in the First Day Covers.



First Place: MARIA ENNA T. ALEGRE, Antonio Regidor Elementary School,  T. Alonzo, Sta. Cruz, Manila

Second Place:   LADY FATIMA M. VELASCOTabuan Elementary School, Tabuan, Arayat, Pampanga

Third Place:   SHEENA FAITH CARREON,  Sarrat North Elementary School, Sarrat, Ilocos Norte



First Place:  LJ IAN B. DELGADO, Antique National High School, San Jose, Antique

Second Place:  SEAN Y. PAJARON, Butuan City School of Arts and Trades, Butuan City

Third Place:   BERNADETTE MARY Q. UMALI, Ramon Magsaysay High School, Sampaloc, Manila



First Place:  GARY M. MANALO, Tiburcio Tancinco Memorial Institute of Technology, Calbayog City

Second Place:  MICHAEL OCAMPO VILLADOLID, Technological University of the Philippines, Ayala Blvd.,  Ermita, Manila 

Third Place:  JONATHAN N.  SALVATIERRA, University of the East, Caloocan City



First Day Covers:  Manila




Across all races and people on earth, rice is life. It is "the grain that shapes different cultures, diets, and economies'. Simply, rice is the grain of life that satisfies most of the daily food requirements of more than half of humanity.

Thus, the slogan adopted gives profound meaning to the declaration of 2004 as INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF RICE (IYR). And is elaborated further by the mission statement            

The IYR promotes improved production and access to this vital food crop which feeds more than half of the world's population while providing income for millions of rice producers, processors, and traders. The development of sustainable rice-based production systems will reduce hunger and poverty and contribute to environmental conservation and a better life for present and future generations for whom Rice is Life.

The declaration reflects the importance of rice, and creates an opportunity to raise global awareness on food security, poverty alleviation, cultural heritage preservation, and sustainable development. It also inspires the global community to focus on achieving the internationally agreed goals set in the Millenium Declaration in 2000, which calls for the reduction of poverty and hunger.

Its declaration in the 57th session of the United Nations General Assembly was chiefly influenced by the Philippines. Together with 40 other nations, the Philippines endorsed to the UN General Assembly in December 2002,  a resolution for the declaration of 2004 as International Year of Rice.

In the Philippines,  President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo issued Proclamation No. 524 providing for the celebration of the International Year of Rice and declaring the month of November as National Rice Awareness Month. The Department of Agriculture leads the IYR observance, while the Philippine Rice Research Institute (Philrice) serves as the National Organizing and Secretariat Task Force of the Steering Committee for the Philippine IYR 2004 celebration.




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