Credible rice science info amplified on social media March 22, 2024 - To address the needs of agriculture stakeholders to have easier access to science-based rice information, Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) launched new social media accounts during its Farmers Field Day dubbed as the Lakbay Palay in Science City of Muñoz, Nueva Ecija, March 20-21. The Institute’s page on YouTube ( and TikTok ( were created […]
Negros farmers to expand agribiz through BPI, PhilRice tie up March 19, 2024 - To support a Negros-based cooperative in expanding its agribusiness ventures, the Bank of the Philippine Islands Foundation (BPIF), Inc. is equipping the organization with enterprise machines that will enhance the transport and production of the farmers’ produce. Anileen Pajarillo, implementer of the Rice Business Innovations System (RiceBIS) Community Program of Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) […]
Rising from setback with RCEF February 29, 2024 - Jenipher Onera, a recent farm school owner, charts a remarkable course from overseas Filipino worker (OFW) to a successful rice educator; thanks to the emblematic impact of her thirst for knowledge nourished by Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund Rice Extension Services Program (RCEF RESP). After 18 years as an overseas Filipino worker (OFW) in the United […]
Lawmakers support “Be RICEponsible” campaign November 30, 2023 - Several legislators expressed their support for the BeRICEponsible campaign of the National Rice Awareness Month (NRAM) as they visited the recent exhibit titled, “Palay. Bigas. Kanin. Alamin” at the Senate building in Pasay City. The lawmakers affirmed their commitment to the campaign by endorsing the ABKD practices: (A) Adlay, mais, saba, atbp. ay ihalo sa […]
Rice education for youth strengthens November 10, 2023 - To help prevent the imminent food shortage due to the aging of farmers, the Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) and two clubs of Kiwanis International are intensifying efforts to revitalize agriculture through youth education. Citing an information from the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture, Glenda Hufano, governor of Kiwanis […]
Farming returnees to benefit from RCEF graduate October 31, 2023 - Farmers in Lanao del Norte who had previously abandoned rice farming due to significant yield losses are now looking forward to improved harvests, thanks to the efforts of a graduate from the Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund Rice Extension Service Program (RCEF RESP). Queenie R. Notario, owner of a farm school in Bacolod, has begun planning […]
RiceBIS prepared implementers for expansion October 31, 2023 - With more implementers trained on agroenterprise development, more farming communities will soon benefit from the clustering approach in the Rice Business Innovation System (RiceBIS) Program. In a recent three-day training course on agroenterprise, 40 implementers worked on expanding the value chain-oriented agroenterprise in its 23 communities nationwide. They also learned about processing, product generation, marketing, […]
Good debt pays off October 19, 2023 - The notion of debt often carries a heavy burden of negativity and caution as Benjamin Franklin said, “If you would know the value of money, go and try to borrow some; for [they] that go a borrowing go a sorrowing.” For the South Agusan Multipurpose Cooperative (SAMPCO), the word “debt” did not conjure images of […]
RCEF training grad focuses on eco-friendly farming September 30, 2023 - Grace Pastrana, a 25-year-old agricultural technologist from the Occidental Mindoro provincial agriculture office, is now a proud farmer-partner in improving the rice growers’ sustainable practices. Having completed the Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund Rice Specialist Training Course (RCEF RSTC), Grace now serves as a valuable resource speaker, facilitator, and advocate for ecological farming practices in her […]
Ease in rice farming thanks to digitalization September 12, 2023 - A pioneering movement is taking shape, driving a transformation in traditional rice farming practices in Leyte. One of the drivers of change is Engr. Fermina Aling, a 69-year-old visionary farmer, and owner of JAMPOL Integrated Farm School, who has embraced the theory of digitalization to propel her community toward a future of agricultural prosperity. With […]
PhilRice’s inclusivity efforts gain global, national awards August 18, 2023 - A New Zealand-based organization and the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) recently commended the Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) for placing inclusivity at the core of its internal and external services. The Center for Organizational Excellence Research (COER) in early August recognized PhilRice’s gender and development (GAD) mainstreaming as an outstanding international best practice under […]
Solon lauds PhilRice RCEF Extension August 10, 2023 - Sen. Cynthia A. Villar, chair of the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Food, cited the Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund Rice Extension Services Program (RCEF RESP) during its midyear review in Nueva Ecija, Aug. 10. “The team of the Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) has [significantly] contributed in achieving the goals of the Rice Tariffication Law […]
PhilRice adheres to PH brand of service July 28, 2023 - Frontline educators from all branches of Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) have imbibed the Filipino Brand of Service Excellence (FBSE) in a two-day training, July 25-26. The FBSE program, which is rooted in the 7 M’s of Filipino core values, aims to elevate the level of Filipino hospitality among frontliners and service sectors in the […]
You’ll be safe here July 20, 2023 - Research, development, and administrative workers at the Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) in Batac City, Ilocos Norte have improved their emergency response capabilities to safeguard clients and visitors during office or field emergencies. Spearheaded by the Philippine Red Cross, the training enhanced staff’s skills on standard first aid and CPR procedures. They completed their two-day […]
Bag of life July 6, 2023 - Mariano Marcos Memorial Hospital and Medical Center stocks up on emergency blood supply with 15 volunteers from the Philippine Rice Research Institute in Batac City, Ilocos Norte on June 26. The donated blood units will be allocated to patients who are undergoing surgeries, receiving cancer treatment, managing chronic illnesses, or recovering from traumatic injuries.
PhilRice recognized as library champion July 3, 2023 - The library of  Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) has been recognized as one of the champion partners of the Department of Science and Technology’s Science and Technology Information Institute’s STARBOOKS project.  The award was presented at a ceremony marking the 12th year of STARBOOKS, themed, “Pagbibigay Pugay sa mga Bida ng STARBOOKS!” Over the past […]
RCEF app helps senior farmers June 22, 2023 - The Binhi e-Padala system of Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (RCEF) Seed Program has improved the convenience for senior farmers in claiming certified inbred seeds from the program. Dominga Caranta, a 72-year-old farmer from Rosario, La Union, expressed her gratitude for the digital technology that eliminated the need for her to wake up early and skip […]
RCEF graduate fulfills dream as farmers’ champion April 13, 2023 - In Ligao City, Albay, Vera Shane Dy Placides is living her childhood dream of serving Filipino farmers as a local agriculture technician in the city agriculture office.  Her commitment to her dream led her to engage in training programs, including the training of trainers on the production of inbred rice, seed certification, and farm mechanization, […]
Discovering passion at the right time April 12, 2023 - Forty and above is the new twenty.  While most people have their careers planned out by the age of 20, Kharen A. Pascual and Telma M. Santiago are just getting started. Starting anew Forty-year-old Kharen of Brgy. Estrella, San Mateo, Isabela used to be an overseas Filipino worker (OFW) in Hong Kong like her husband […]
Farmers made competitive through RCEF training March 31, 2023 - The Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (RCEF) has produced competitive farmers in its more than 200 farm schools across the country since the implementation of its Rice Extension Services Program (RESP) in 2019.  “In the pursuit of increased productivity and income in the agriculture sector, we recognize that continuous education of our farmers is key, and […]
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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