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From the maiden implementation of the Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (RCEF) Seed Program in 2020 dry season (DS) to 2022 DS, Isabela station of the Department of Agriculture – Philippine Rice Research Institute (DA-PhilRice), with the help of its partner Local Government Units (LGUs), continues to provide certified inbred seeds to rice farmers. 

For this 2022 wet season, the station was allocated 152,740 bags of inbred certified seeds for Cagayan Valley with Nueva Vizcaya and Quirino getting 65,605 bags and 29,900 bags, respectively. For the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), Ifugao received 13,915 bags and Kalinga, 43,320 bags. 

Based on the RCEF Seed Monitoring System (SMS) 1,143,070 bags of certified inbred seeds were distributed to farmers of CAR and Cagayan Valley from 2020 dry season – 2022 dry season  through the LGU-facilitated conventional distribution and the Binhi e-Padala. The Binhi e-Padala is an electronic voucher system of distribution by partner seed cooperatives. Varieties distributed were NSIC Rc 222, Rc 216, Rc 402, Rc 436, Rc 480 and PSB Rc 18. 

 “I’m thankful to DA-PhilRice Isabela, especially to RCEF for providing us seeds. This is very helpful in increasing our yield, especially the seeds are given with [knowledge products] so we have something to read and apply in managing our rice crop. Also, through Binhi e-Padala, we easily received our seeds by just presenting the claim code,” Marly Vaggas, one of the beneficiaries in Rizal, Kalinga said. 

Prior to seed distribution, technical briefings were conducted to discuss distribution matters and address rice production issues of each municipality.

According to Oliao Sanchez, one of the RCEF beneficiaries in Tabuk City, Kalinga, the RCEF Program is helpful as  not everyone of them can buy certified seeds due to its high cost. The RCEF Seed Program is a component of Republic Act 11203 or Rice Tariffication Law, which allocates P3 billion fund every year for the seed requirements of rice farmers to help them produce high-quality rice and be able to compete in the international rice market. LGUs and lawmakers assist in its implementation.

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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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