"The office of the government is not to confer happiness, but to give men the opportunity to work out happiness for themselves."- W.E. Channing
Research is the key word to success. PhilRice is a research institute that can ensure success by fostering the development of indigenous rice varieties that can withstand pests, diseases, and the critical climate change factor, and least of all: the high yield, nutritional value and eating quality of our rice.
PhilRice Bicol, located in Ligao City, indeed is very fortunate to be identified and become the 8th PhilRice Research branches in the country.
Soon enough, the Philippines shall be a rice exporting country and surely the farmers of Bicol shall be proud of this economic endeavor.
About 400 farmers and government functionaries from Ligao City, Tabaco City, Camalig, Polangui, and Libon had the opportunity to attend the LSTD known as Location Specific Technology Development held at the City Gymnasium last October 6, 2011.
In partnership with the city, PhilRice with all local DA offices mentioned municipalities and cities, a program was set to view the new and modern technologies through research that were adaptable to Bicol Region.
No less than Dr. Eufemio T. Rasco, the PhilRice Executive Director was present in company with Dr. Manuel Jose C. Regalado, Deputy Executive Director and Engr. Artemio B. Vasallo, Manager of PhilRice Bicol. The farmers were led to the visit the location of the PhilRice facility in Brgy. Batang of this city for orientation on what was showcased for a better understanding and appreciation of what shall be gainfully obtained from the PhilRice Research Institute now on their midst.
Testimonials from the sectors representing municipalities were observed.