NEW DEPUTIESDr. Sailila E. Abdula, acting executive director of PhilRice, has designated three acting deputy executive directors (DED) and three acting branch directors, effective 1 January 2018.


Former PhilRice Agusan Director, Abner T. Montecalvo, has been designated as acting DED for Administrative Services and Finance. Montecalvo is a three-time Outstanding Official awardee of PhilRice—in 2002, 2013, and 2016—and has been in the management in different capacities for 22 years. He earned his master’s degree in Applied Business Economics at the University of Asia and the Pacific.

Chief Science Research Specialists Karen EloisaT. Barroga and Flordeliza H. Bordey have been designated as Acting Deputy Executive Directors for Development and Research, respectively.
Barroga has been working in the development sector for more than 30years, and she has a wide range of expertise in development processes and initiatives such as on knowledge management and training of new breed of extension and development officers.

She used to lead Project IPaD which aimed to help strengthen the country’s agricultural extension system by training a new breed of extension and development officers, engaging other strategic groups of extension intermediaries, and enhancing the enabling environment for extension. She obtained her PhD degree from the University of Western Australia.

Meanwhile, Bordey, an economist, was the former Acting Deputy Executive Director for Development. She led a project funded by DA-FSSP on Benchmarking the Philippine rice economy relative to major rice-producing countries in Asia.

Bordey is the lead author of two recently published and widely cited books: Competitiveness of Philippine Rice in Asia and Rice Self-sufficiency Under the Lens of Provincial Analysis: A New Way of Looking at the National Rice Security.

She holds a PhD in Agricultural Economics from the University of Illinois and a master’s degree in Economics from UP Diliman. Bordey has been with PhilRice for 18 years and has published papers on food policy, trade liberalization, production economics, impact assessment, and climate change.

Branch directors

Rhemilyn Z. Relado, Dr. Mary Ann U. Baradi, and Dr. Caesar Joventino M. Tado have been designated to lead PhilRice Los Baños, Batac, and Agusan, respectively.

Rhemilyn is a Senior Science Research Specialist and the former head of PhilRice’s Socioeconomics Division. She specializes in social impact assessment, socioeconomic research, and program delivery and evaluation.

She earned her master’s degree in Agricultural Extension Education at the Pennsylvania State University and another master’s degree in Development Management at the Development Academy of the Philippines.

Prior to her designation as acting PhilRice Batac director, Baradi was a researcher that focuses on seed quality preservation and postharvest technology. She obtained her doctorate degree in Agricultural Engineering from UPLB.

Meanwhile, Dr. Caesar Joventino Tado now sits as PhilRice Agusan acting branch director. Dr. Tado has been with PhilRice for 20 years and has served the Institute in various capacities. Dr. Tado has developed the PhilRice seed cleaner, stripper harvester, and combine harvester. He obtained his PhD in Agricultural Sciences (Agricultural Engineering) at the University of Hohenheim in Stuttgart, Germany and a master’s in engineering at the Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok, Thailand.

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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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