Beyond Buzzwords: Transforming Philippine Agriculture!

DA, IRRI Meeting (Mar. 22, 2022)

Author: DA Communications Group | 22 March 2022

Department of Agriculture (DA) Secretary William  Dar met with International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) Director-General Dr. Jean Balié at IRRI headquarter in Los Baños, Laguna on March 22, 2022.

DA forged ties with IRRI through various projects that will sustain increased productivity and incomes not only of  Filipino rice farmers, but also of their counterparts in the Asia-Pacific region and the rest of the world.

Joining the secretary were Dr. Leo Sebastian, DA chief-of-staff and undersecretary for research, innovation, training and extension support; and Dr. Fermin D. Adriano, DA undersecretary for policy, planning and research.

The DA team also included: assistant secretaries Arnel de Mesa (operations) and Noel Reyes (strategic communications); PhilRice director John de Leon; Bureau of Animal Industry director Reildrin Morales; high-value crops development program and urban agriculture program director Glenn Panganiban; and Bureau of Agricultural Research assistant director Joell Lalles.

Meanwhile, IRRI officials present were: deputy director-general and research director Ajay Kohli; Romeo Recide, Philippine representative; Sherwin Pineda, communications head; Ajay Poncin, portfolio management office head and executive officer to the DG; Dr. Alice Laborte, senior scientist and research coordinator for the Philippines; and Dr. Madonna Casimero, senior scientist. (Photo Alan Jay Jacalan, DA-AFID)