DA-PhilRice celebrates its 36th year of serving the Filipino rice farmers across the nation on Nov. 3-5.

“Through the years, DA-PhilRice continuously strives to make rice production not only more efficient, but also dependable and sustainable in meeting the growing demands of millions of Filipino rice consumers,” Dr. John C. de Leon, executive director, said.

He added that through the Institute’s research for development (R4D) efforts, it continues to implement programs to improve the competitiveness of the Filipino rice farmers and the Philippine rice industry and transform it to be more profitable, resilient, and sustainable.

The Institute’s works have been making an impact on the lives of rice farmers through research, development, and extension.

“DA-PhilRice has helped me greatly in increasing my rice production. Thank you so much to all the staff,” Fer Centeno, farmer in Pangasinan, said.

“I and my fellow trainees are grateful that the Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (RCEF) program has reached us despite the remoteness of our barangay. We are also thankful for the free certified inbred seeds that RCEF has been giving us for four cropping seasons now. Our farmer association also received a combine rice harvester from the program,” said Leopoldo Lopango, a rice farmer in Masbate.

“Thank you, Rice Business Innovations System community program for helping us, farmers. We were able to sell our palay at a higher price because we learned group marketing,” Lee Espiritu of Pangasinan said.

To better serve rice farmers, DA-PhilRice and other stakeholders in the rice industry maintain productive partnerships and continue to exchange ideas.

To be implemented through online and limited interpersonal activities, the anniversary celebration will feature the SRO seminar series on research management with Dame Dr. Mary Ann P. Sayoc as speaker and the 33rd Ugnay Palay: National Rice R4D e-conference.

Outstanding staff will also be honored in the “Dangal ng PhilRice” to be led by lawyer Maria Anthonette Velasco-Allones. Thanksgiving and moral enrichment program will also highlight the anniversary.

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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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