Climate Resiliency for Enhanced Agricultural Trade and Efficiency for Rice (CREATE Rice)

Goal: To improve the climate change resilience and market competitiveness of rice and rice-based farming communities


  1. Managing Climate-Related Stresses for resilient rice production
  2. Palayamanan Smart: development of highly productive and climate resilient rice-based farming system
  3. Development of value-adding technologies
  4. Innovation for enhancing and sustaining rice productivity, profitability and efficiency in irrigated system

Program Leader: Ricardo F. Orge
Scientist 1 |

Hybrid Rice Research (HRR)

Goal: To develop wide-adaptive, high yielding hybrid rice varieties suited for commercialization with agro-morphological traits, acceptable grain and eating quality, nucleus and breeder seeds of parents, and F1 hybrids in support of hybrid commercialization. It also targets to develop associated integrated crop management technologies for increased seed yield and seed quality of parent lines and F1 hybrids.


  1. Development of CMS (cytoplasmic male sterility)-based three-line hybrid rice
  2. Development of thermo-sensitive genetic male sterile (TGMS)- based two-line hybrid rice
  3. Screening of CMS and TGMS parentals and promising hybrids for grain quality and resistance to major pests
  4. Hybrid seed and hybrid seed production research (seed technology)
  5. Integrated crop management for quality hybrid rice
  6. Nucleus and breeder seed research and maintenance

Program Leader: Norvie L. Manigbas
Scientist I|

Rice Farm Modernization and Mechanization (RFMM)

Goal: To utilize advance science and technology in engineering, biotechnology, and information systems to increase the productivity and profitability in farming, and to improve rice trade or better post-production processes.


  1. Mechanization Technology from land preparation before harvesting
  2. Mechanization from harvesting to post harvesting
  3. Modernization Component

Program Leader: Jasper G. Tallada
Supervising Science Research specialist |

Rice Seed Systems (RSS)

Goal: To increase the availability and accessibility of PhilRice and public-bred varieties by bolstering local seed multiplication and distribution capacity


  1. Assessment and Improvement of Seed Production Protocols and Post-Harvest Operations
  2. Seed Distribution Pathways
  3. Development of Rice Seed Information System
  4. Public Hybrid Rice Commercialization (PHRC)

Program Leader: Glenn Y. Ilar
Supervising Science Research Specialist |

Science-based Policies in Advancing Rice Communities (SPARC)

Goal: To make a strong science-based and supportive policy environment to guide national and local decisions on rice-related issues particularly on labor cost reduction, narrowing yield gaps across rice-producing provinces, and access of farmers to credit


  1. Fostering Improved Rice Research Environment (FIRE) in Policy
  2. Building Unified Rice Network (BURN) through Communication and Advocacy

Program Leader: Alice B. Mataia
Supervising Science Research Specialist |

Rice Business Innovations System (RiceBIS Community)

Goal: To create a pilot-test development model for community transformation that is participatory, market-driven, and supported by a scientific production base to improve the competitiveness of rice-based farming communities. This will be done through the establishment of rice hubs that would serve as farmers’ support system in carrying out rice-based enterprises


  1. Strategic communication
  2. Community engagement
  3. Agro enterprise development
  4. Capacity enhancement
  5. IT-based agro enterprise development
  6. Monitoring and evaluation
  7. RiceBIS community in Batac
  8. RiceBIS community in Isabela
  9. RiceBIS community in Los Baños
  10. RiceBIS community in Bicol
  11. RiceBIS community in Negros
  12. RiceBIS community in Agusan
  13. RiceBIS community in Midsayap

Program Leader: Aurora M. Corales
Supervising Science Research Specialist |

Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) is a government corporate entity attached to the Department of Agriculture created through Executive Order 1061 on 5 November 1985 (as amended) to help develop high-yielding and cost-reducing technologies so farmers can produce enough rice for all Filipinos.

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