Maguindanaon Agri-Scientist Appointed Director of OIC Agricultural Research Office

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/August 6) – Maguindanaon Agronomist Sailila E. Abdula has been appointed Officer in Charge (OCI) of the Bureau of Agricultural Research (BAR).

Agriculture Undersecretary Leocadio S. Sebastian signed a special order on Aug. 3 appointing Abdula as OIC director effective Aug. 15.

“As such, Réal. Abdula will assume the functions, duties and responsibilities inherent in the designation and others as directed by the undersigned and the secretary,” the order reads.

Former Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol said Abdula was a “good fit” for the job.

He said Abdula, as a rice breeder, helped develop rice varieties, especially NSIC Rc120 and Rc226, to control rice tungro disease in southern Mindanao.

Dr. Sailila E. Abdula, OIC Director, Office of Agricultural Research, Department of Agriculture. Philrice website photo

Abdula, 50, from West Patadon, Matalam town in North Cotabato, served as Executive Director of the Philippine Rice Research Institute from July 2016 to September 2019. He also chaired the Regional Coordinating Council of Research and Development (RRDCC) of the Soccsksargen Consortium for Research, Development and Extension on Agriculture, Aquatic Resources and Resources.

Abdula received his bachelor’s degree in agriculture from the University of Southern Mindanao in Kabacan, North Cotabato cum laude, and joined PhilRice as a junior researcher in September 1996. He received his master’s degree in plant breeding from the University of the Philippines- Los Banos and his master’s degree in development management at the Philippine Development Academy and his doctorate in agriculture, majoring in plant genetics at Chungbuk National University in Korea in 2012.

Established under Executive Order 116 signed in 1987, the BAR has a mandate to ensure “that agricultural research is coordinated and undertaken for maximum benefit to agriculture”.

As the country’s central coordinating agency for agricultural research and development (R&D), BAR’s main functions include, among others, promoting the integration of research and development functions and strengthening the participation from farmers, fishermen, industry and the private sector to development. research, development and the national agenda; prepare and oversee the implementation of a comprehensive R&D program to enhance, support, consolidate and take full advantage of the capabilities of the national interconnected agriculture and fisheries research and development system, including review and rationalization of the roles, functions and organization of the various national research, development and extension institutions in the field of agriculture and fisheries; and define national research and development policies in the field of agriculture and fisheries in order to ensure sustainable food security, reduce poverty, promote human empowerment, agricultural productivity and development and promote an internationally competitive agribusiness and fisheries sector. (Antonio L. Colina IV / MindaNews)

Lana T. Arthur