RICEponsible float.  The National Year of Rice (NYR 2013) float won 2nd place during this year`s Panagbenga or the 18th Baguio Flower Festival celebrations and created awareness on the public`s role in achieving rice self-sufficiency. Beating other 18 competing floats, the NYR 2013 float featured the Panatang Makapalay, rice varieties grown in the Cordillera, and other rice alternatives such as root crops.  Cordillera has a rice self-sufficiency level of 119 percent but the region is targeting 524, 998 metric ton of palay to help the country achieve rice self-sufficiency this year.

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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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