BARMM to be under a new leadership
Dr. Sailila E. Abdula has accepted a new role as the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) new secretary while also serving as Director I of PhilRice Midsayap effective Sept. 16.
After three years of service as acting executive director of Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) Abdula is set to fill a new role. Part of his duties is to synchronizing rice programs in Mindanao and ensure that the region will receive assistance from the department.
As part of his new duties, Agriculture Sec. Dr. William Dar, said that the multi-awarded rice breeder from North Cotabato should make sure that the region will receive assistance from the department by harmonizing rice programs in Mindanao.
“[The department wants] to help BARMM in a big way. Let’s help achieve a realistic, autonomous BARMM,” Agriculture Sec. Dr. William Dar said.
Under Abdula’s leadership, PhilRice started the implementation of the seed component of Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund. Infrastructures such as Crop Biotech Center and Germplasm Resources Laboratory were also built.
“Leading the country’s premiere research for development Institution is a prestigious opportunity. I will always be grateful to be gifted with the chance to serve not with the highest position of PhilRice, but in capacity that would allow me to make positive and desirable difference in the lives of rice stakeholders,” Abdula said.
In 2018 alone, PhilRice had developed 22 rice varieties approved by the National Seed Industry Council, three of which were PhilRice-bred. Thirty-eight percent of its research for development projects were also gender-responsive.
Abdula, who started his PhilRice career 24 years ago, is a 2018 Presidential Lingkod Bayan awardee – the highest award given to a public servant. The ASEAN Rice Science and Technology Ambassadors Award Search Committee also recognized him as 2017 Outstanding Rice Scientist of the Philippines.