At the public dialogue held in Isabela Province, Philippines on February 11,
2019, Governor Faustino Dy III commended the Golden Rice Project for
securing all the necessary requirements first before conducting
field-testing, and for initiating dialogues among researchers, policymakers,
and the public.
"We can see that the researchers behind the Golden Rice Project are really
responsible for complying with all the requirements before they proceed to
the actual field trial. Hence, let us give them the benefit of the doubt
that they are doing this project for the sake of the greater number of
people in our community," said Governor Dy.
During the open forum, Governor Dy emphasized how research helps the
national government achieve its goal of achieving food security in the
country. He assured the public that the local government units of Isabela
prioritize the safety of their citizens. He also encouraged farmers' groups
to continue monitoring the project to ensure the security of rice consumers.