Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) is marking its 38th founding anniversary with the theme “Better Rice Communities.” 

“We celebrate another year of unwavering dedication to our rice farming communities. Our commitment to enhancing their lives has never been stronger. Each one of us has shown relentless determination and continuous improvement in our efforts to support our farmers. Congratulations to us all for elevating our services, fostering growth within our communities, and empowering our stakeholders,” Executive Director John de Leon said.

He noted that in a year marked by numerous challenges, the Institute remained resolute, relying on strength and unwavering commitment to its mission. He added that being faithful to ideals and forging partnerships have transformed rice workers and advocates into movement-makers. 

Celebrations start on Nov. 6 with a Thanksgiving and Moral Enrichment program to be highlighted by a message from retired PhilRice colleague, Dr. Caesar Tado, and expressions of appreciation and gratitude from staff members.

Mariano Marcos State University (MMSU) President Dr. Shirley Agrupis talks about “leadership par excellence” in the SRO Seminar Series on Nov. 7. In this session, well-seasoned leader-speakers talk from their own experiences; sharing stories on their failures and successes in institution building, operations, sustainability, and improvement. 

On the lighter side, celebrations also include sports competitions, exhibition games featuring staff from CES and branch stations, Palaro ng Lahi featuring traditional games, and an employees’ fair.

Winners of the sports competitions and #BeautifulPhilRice 2.0 Photo Contest will be announced on Nov. 7. 

The anniversary also highlights a  “Sana Wall,” where staff members

are encouraged to post and share their journeys and contributions to PhilRice.

The anniversary celebrations peak on Nov. 8 during the “Dangal ng PhilRice” awards ceremony. During this event, 39 exceptional employees and teams (permanent and service contractors) will be honored, along with 48 loyalty awardees. 

Likewise, those who have received awards from other organizations, continuously served PhilRice for at least 20 years as service contractors, completed academic degrees, published, and received various types of intellectual property will be recognized. 

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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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