Devt academy honors PhilRice scholarsThe Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP) honored two researchers of the Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) during the graduation of the Middle Managers’ Class 8 of the academy’s Public Management Development Program (PMDP) at the DAP Conference Center in Tagaytay, 29 January.

Senior Science Research Specialist Rhemilyn Z. Relado led the graduates as class valedictorian and received the Most Relevant Re-Entry Project (ReP) Award.  The initiative titled Binhi para sa Magsasaka: Enhancing Delivery of and Farmers’ Access to High-Quality Rice Seeds was recognized for “promoting the institutionalization of an internal [PhilRice] system to increase availability and accessibility to high-quality rice seeds by improving the complementary processes of rice breeding, seed production, promotion and commercialization, and evaluation. Her ReP is a significant move towards achievement of the PhilRice’s mission to help increase productivity and profitability and thereby attain rice sufficiency in the country.”

Relado is the head of the Institute’s Socioeconomics Division and a recipient of the Fulbright-Philippine Agriculture Scholarship in 2006-2008. She finished her MS in Agricultural and Extension Education degree, with a concentration on program delivery and evaluation, at Pennsylvania State University in the United States.

Chief Science Research Specialist Dr. Sailila E. Abdula received the Best Re-Entry Project Award titled Improvement of rice-based farming technology through training of religious leaders in Maguindanao, ARMM: A pilot test of Madrasah sa Basak. His project was cited for “implementing a new modality in empowering farmers in a Muslim community with peculiar cultural and social practices. It integrated Islamic teachings in the training on rice-based technology leading to the development of a context-based module, the empowerment of 6 religious-and farmer-leaders as community-based educators, and dramatic increase in the yield of 36 farmer-recruits.”

Abdula is PhilRice Midsayap’s branch director and finished his PhD in Agriculture at Chungbuk National University, Korea.

Relado and Abdula earned Master in Development Management degrees through this extensive program that hones senior executives and middle managers in the public sector to be development-oriented, competent, dedicated, and honest leaders in the government.

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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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