USM President Dr. Francisco Gil N. Garcia was appointed as academic community representative to the Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) Board of Trustees for two years.
Dr. Garcia obtained his BS in Agricultural Engineering in 1987, MS in Professional Studies major in Rural Economics in 1997 both from USM, and his PhD in Agricultural Economics in 2004 at University of the Philippines Los Baňos. After he was elected as President of USM in 2014, he introduced innovations and reforms making USM as one of the best state universities in the Philippines. Dr. Garcia was sworn into office by President Rodrigo R. Duterte in Malacaňang last year.
PhilRice is a government corporate entity attached to the Department of Agriculture created through Executive Order 1061 on November 5, 1985 (as amended) to help develop high-yielding and cost-reducing technologies so farmers can produce enough rice for all Filipinos.
PhilRice is headed by its Acting Executive Director Dr. Sailila Estilong Abdula. Dr. Abdula finished BS Agriculture (cum laude) from USM in 1995 before he became Acting Director of PhilRice Midsayap branch station then was handpicked by Department of Agriculture Sec. Emmanuel Piňol as Acting Executive Director in 2006. Sec. Piňol is also an alumnus of USM (BS Development Communication, 2006; MS in Rural Economic Development, 2008; and PhD in Rural Development, 2019).