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Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) marked its 34th year taking on the challenge of fulfilling its newly added mandate to implement the Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (RCEF) – Seed and Extension programs.

With the theme, “Championing Competitiveness of the Filipino Rice Farmers,” the anniversary coincides with the observation of the National Rice Awareness Month every November.

“As we continue to embody the mantra of public service, let us all be servant-leaders. Let us do what we can to serve. That is our calling,” Dr. John C. De Leon, PhilRice acting executive director, said.

Emphasizing on strengthened cooperation to empower farmers amidst rice trade liberalization, de Leon said discussions on RCEF during anniversary programs will further drive the Institute on research, development, extension, and production competitiveness.

Under RCEF, PhilRice will develop, propagate, and promote inbred rice seeds; and enhance farmers’ skill and knowledge on rice production.

“More than anything else, it is teamwork, which causes the celebration of success,” he said.

The anniversary will also highlight this year’s roster of awards and recognition, which include the Intellectual Property Award for Top Patent Grant, Outstanding Innovator Award (Breeding Institute Category), PRIME-HRM Bronze Award, Information Visionary Category Award, and FutureRice Farm Project as Model Extension.

Thanksgiving and moral enrichment program, seminar series on research management and institution building, Dangal ng PhilRice awarding ceremonies, and medical mission are also included in the activities.

PhilRice was established on November 5, 1985, through Executive Order 1061.