This year marks the 34th anniversary of DA-Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) – country’s leading rice research agency. With the theme “Championing the Competitiveness of the Filipino Rice Farmers,” PhilRice conducted series of activities to honor the men and women behind the Institute’s success.  This year, the Institute has greater responsibility for the farmers as the lead agency for Rice Competitiveness Enhancement (RCEF) – Seed Program.

SRO seminar series

IT’S A WRAP! PhilRice 2019 anniversary resonates farmers’ competitiveness 

Speaking for Santiago R. Obien (SRO) seminar series, Dr. Julius Caesar V. Sicat, Department of Science and Technology-RFO 3 Regional Director, discussed “Towards Industry 4.0,” which presented milestones and plans for the country’s research and development efforts.

He emphasized the factors contributing to big leap of Philippines’ Global Innovation Index to rank 54 from rank 73 last 2017.

The seminar series on research management and institution-building series started a month before SRO, PhilRice first executive director, retired on July 28, 2000 from government service at 65. This is conducted in his honor for his able leadership while serving as PhilRice Executive Director (1987-2000).

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Dangal ng PhilRice

Dr. Victoria Lapitan, outstanding official and PhilRice Bicol OIC, shares her passion, commitment, and dedication. 

The Institute recognizes the efforts of its employees through an in-house award giving body, the PhilPraise’s Dangal ng PhilRice. Hats off to this year’s 43 individual and group awardees who excelled in their respective field of specialization.

PhilRice also proved its relevance to rice research for development with its 6 best papers, 13 best posters, and 57 scientific productivity awards both from local and international events and publications.

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Moral Enrichment

Dr. Santiago R. Obien highlighted how the Institute maintained the values of honesty, integrity, and productivity over the years.

“The most important thing that perhaps we should carry on is that we have always been known to be free from all kinds of corruption. [With that], we can hold our head up high,” Obien said.

Read: PhilRice at 34: Boosting supphort for rice competitiveness

Medical Mission

To provide health assistance to employees and family members and nearby communities, Integrated Management Systems and Services Office led a medical mission. About 250 patients underwent check-up from nurses and doctors. Medicines and multivitamins were also provided based on doctor’s prescription. The event provided physical tests, ophthalmology, dental, and blood sugar test.


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The culture of giving joy and hope to employees and neighboring communities continue as PhilRice hosted Maligaya’s Got Talent, a talent show for PhilRice staff and Brgy. Maligaya residents. The PhilRice tower was also lighted – a tradition since 1991, to symbolize goodwill, which helped PhilRice in developing new varieties and technologies.

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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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