With millions of farmers reached, close to 100,000 publications distributed, and 27,000 clients trained on rice production, PhilRice wishes to do more so it can create lasting impact on the lives of its stakeholders.
Technical reviews on PhilRice’s development initiatives were conducted on 18-20 August to ensure that the Institute is on track with its development initiatives.
“This review has enabled us to assess how things are as far as development initiatives are concerned. We now have a clearer picture of the strengths and weaknesses of the things that we do. We should never stop learning,” said Dr. Eduardo Jimmy P. Quilang, PhilRice acting deputy executive director for development.
The review covered major PhilRice initiatives such as three national campaigns (Be Riceponsible, Infomediary, and the Rural Transformation Movement), banner programs (Palaymananan Plus and FutuRice), and a competition (Palayabangan: 10-5 Challenge).
Additionally, several externally-funded projects were reviewed. They were the Upland Rice Development Program (URDP), AgriSupport Component-National Irrigation Sector Rehabilitation and Improvement Project (NISRIP), Philippine rice information system (PRISM).
Two DA-Food Staples Sufficiency Program-funded initiatives were also reviewed. They were Benchmarking the Philippine rice economy relative to major rice-producing countries in Asia (cross-country research) and Improving technology promotion and delivery through capability enhancement of the next generation of rice extension professionals and intermediaries or IPaD.
External reviewer Dr. Genaro San Valentin highlighted the teamwork among staff members doing development work. The Institute, however, has to do more in collaborating with local government units and other significant local players on the ground.
Valentin stressed the massive work being done by PhilRice personnel in pushing for cost-reducing and yield-enhancing technologies on rice and rice-based farming systems.