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Gender equality is stated in the Magna Carta of Women as a mechanism in reducing poverty. Data from the Philippine Statistics Authority released in June 2017 showed that poverty incidence among farmers (34.3%) is higher than the general population (21.6%). At PhilRice, we ensure that our programs are equally available for the men and women in the rice sector. Inclusive participation of the men and women are considered for them to have better access to information and agricultural resources, enhance their work efficiency, and increase their farm competency.



Increase in farm productivity and income start from adequate information and having good resources. In our community engagements and training activities, we ensure a good ratio between the male and female rice farmers. We develop knowledge products with balanced feature stories on successful male and female rice tillers. We also circulate our information materials in areas with high interaction among farmers. Women-farmers and farmers’ wives are encouraged to attend seminars on microfinancing and enterprise development. For more details about our knowledge products, kindly contact the Development Communication Division: (044) 456-02-85 loc 500 and the Technology Management and Services for the training programs: (044) 456 02-85 loc 510.

Amidst wider perception that farming is for the male, we have developed our rice technologies with the female perspective. Our farm machines such as the drum seeder, microtiller, gasifier stove, and brown rice machine can be easily operated by women as they are portable and lightweight. These gender-neutral machines are also highlighted in our technology promotion activities and exhibits. For more information about our machines, please contact the Rice Engineering and Mechanization Division: (044) 456-02-85 loc 650.

With the ASEAN integration becoming more distinct in the Philippine economy, we are helping the farmers to be more competitive by intensifying the reach of our projects. Based on data, Filipino farmers spend around P11 to produce a kilo of rice while the Thai and Vietnamese spend P8.40 and P5.60. In implementing our projects, we make sure that the number of women-farmers is proportionate to the male participants. To know more about our projects in your areas, please visit www.philrice.gov.ph.

As we help improve the conditions of the rice farmers, we are strengthening our capacity so we can better support gender and development in rice sector. We are intensifying our internal awareness campaign on GAD issues and capacitating the rice workers on integrating these issues in their project proposal and in administrative processes. We ensure that GAD agenda in included in our Institutional processes and that the staff are well-versed on the Gender mainstreaming Framework. We also started to establish infrastructures that are gender-neutral and responsive to the needs of differently-abled persons, senior citizens, and pregnant women.

DA-PhilRice nutritionist conferred Scientist 1 rank - Dr. Riza G. Abilgos-Ramos, nutritionist and supervising science research specialist at the Department of Agriculture-Philippine Rice Research Institute (DA-PhilRice), was conferred the Scientist I rank by the Scientific Career Council of the Civil Service Commission and the Department of Science and Technology, April 22. Dr. Abilgos-Ramos, through her research works, has developed complementary food and […]
COA lauds DA-PhilRice GAD - The Commission on Audit (COA) commended DA-PhilRice for its 39% appropriation to Gender and Development (GAD) for fiscal year 2021, which was far over the 5% budget requirement as mandated by law. In its audit observation report, COA saluted the Institute “for supporting the objective of GAD” and further recommended that the Executive Director through […]

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Gender and Development

As the country’s lead agency on rice research and development, we work on ensuring the inclusion of men and women in the agriculture agenda. We advance equal gender opportunity and participation in all aspects of rice-related development. More importantly, we advocate for the involvement of women as agents of economic and social change in the rice sector.

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New PalaySikatan sites launch in Bicol January 30, 2023 - Department of Agriculture-Philippine Rice Research Institute (DA-PhilRice) in Ligao City, Albay launches new technology demonstration sites under the Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (RCEF) Seed Program this dry season 2023. Called PalaySikatan, the techno demo will showcase the performance of the region’s national and regional recommended varieties in Prieto Diaz in Sorsogon, Oas in Albay, and […]
New seed growers’ groups in Bicol, Eastern Visayas ready to supply high-quality seeds January 30, 2023 - Farmers from Bicol and Eastern Visayas now have improved access to high-quality seeds as four new seed grower cooperatives and associations (SGC/As) were recently accredited as certified seed suppliers of the Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (RCEF) Seed Program. After their training, the Department of Agriculture-Philippine Rice Research Institute (DA-PhilRice) in Ligao City, Albay has accredited […]
RCEF helps community on adequate rice supply January 25, 2023 - Extensionists and farmers in a village in Hungduan, Ifugao expressed their gratitude to the Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (RCEF) Seed Program for helping their community attain enough rice supply. According to municipal agriculturist Jonathan Wakoy, planting inbred rice with seeds provided by the RCEF Seed Program, helped the farm households of Brgy. Maggok sustain rice […]

We are always ready to be of service! To know more about our Gender and Development efforts, please contact Dr. Diadem B. Gonzales-Esmero, PhilRice Gender and Development focal person, at (044) 46-0285 loc 500 or email: dg.esmero@philrice.gov.ph.

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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