PhilRice officials to receive highest awards in public service in PH
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is set to confer this week the highest awards in public service to three officials of the Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) through a fitting ceremony at the Malacañang Palace.
Screened by the Civil Service Commission (CSC) for their exemplary performance as outstanding government workers, PhilRice Acting Executive Director Sailila Abdula and Scientist Norvie Manigbas have been chosen as two of this year’s Presidential Lingkod Bayan Awardees.
Meanwhile, Information Systems Division Head Roger Barroga is one of this year’s CSC Pagasa Awardees.
In particular, Abdula helped develop tungro-resistant rice varieties such as NSIC Rc 120 and Rc 226 to help manage the disease in Southern Mindanao. These varieties were released when he was the branch director of PhilRice Midsayap in North Cotabato.
He was also recognized as Outstanding Rice Scientist of the Philippines by the ASEAN Rice Science and Technology Ambassadors Award Search Committee in 2017.
Abdula is a Maguindanaon from West Patadon, Matalam, North Cotabato.
Manigbas, one of the seven DOST-conferred scientists at PhilRice, is also the recipient of the 2018 Regional Gawad Saka Award for Outstanding Agricultural Scientist in Central Luzon.
He is known for his research in breeding rice varieties at PhilRice and International Rice Research Institute. His team led the development of the first released direct-wet seeded rice variety, NSIC Rc 298, which is now grown nationwide. Currently, he has five patents of rice genotypes he helped develop with his team at the Institute.
Barroga, on the other hand, was the Deputy Executive Director for Administration in 2016 to 2017. He leads FutureRice, a program that explores ways to increase current rice output using practical cutting-edge technologies.
He was likewise the former director of the Open Academy for Philippine Agriculture (OpAPA), a consortium of stakeholders that enabled the Philippine agriculture benefit from modernized ICT.
OpAPA was the recipient of the 2010 International Prize for Pioneering Human Development Projects awarded by the Arab Gulf Programme for Development (AGFUND).