The Western Mindanao State University (WMSU) and the Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the establishment of a seed center in WMSU San Ramon Campus.
WMSU, through the College of Agriculture (CAgri), will collaborate with PhilRice in developing and promoting rice and rice-based technologies, and in producing high-quality rice seeds. WMSU-CAgri will work hand-in-hand with PhilRice on rice research, training, communication, extension, and human resource projects.
As part of the partnership, WMSU will provide PhilRice at least five (5) hectares of land for the field, building and structures needed for the collaborative research and development (R&D) projects. The land will also be used for the PhilRice Rice Technology Demonstration and Seed Production Projects to ensure that high-quality seeds and of inbred and hybrid rice varieties that are suitable for the region’s climate and topography are produced.
On the other hand, PhilRice shall provide full technical assistance to any WMSU Rice Seed Production Project. PhilRice will also provide graduate and undergraduate thesis research grants, and on-the-job (OJT) training of WMSU students working on rice and rice-related areas.
Dr. Chona Q. Sarmiento, Vice President for Research, Extension Services, and External Linkages (VP-RESEL), during the groundbreaking ceremony held on January 31, 2018, thanked PhilRice for the collaboration. “This is a symbol of our commitment to teach, to conduct research, extension and production for our region and beyond,” said Dr. Sarmiento.
Dr. Jocelyn P. Pedroso, Dean of College of Agriculture, assured PhilRice of the college’s commitment to work hand-in-hand with them and acknowledged its contribution to the effectiveness and efficiency in teaching. “The establishment of PhilRice’s satellite office here in WMSU-CAgri will enrich us by enhancing our skills in research and extension functions by catering to the needs of farmers,” said Dr. Pedroso. “It will help WMSU to be a center for rice research in in Region IX,” she added.
On the other hand, Mr. Sailila E. Abdula, Acting Executive Director of PhilRice, said that the seed center will help PhilRice realized their vision of increasing the supply and access of quality rice seeds.
The P6-million-worth seed center is PhilRice’s second satellite station in Mindanao. The first satellite station is based at Central Mindanao University (CMU) in Maramag, Bukidnon. (Liezel M. Parreño, WMSU-PAO)