Acting Deputy Executive Director of Administration and Finance, and FutureRice Program Leader, PhilRice
From 2014 to present, he has led the FutureRice Program, which aims to provide integrated solutions to future farming scenarios. He has transformed a 5-hectare rice farm into a futuristic farm that features the use and application of ICTs in rice farming. The farm has developed and uses various farm management apps; wireless sensors; drone technology; and wireless internet. It also integrates farm mechanization, climate resilient dwellings, alternative energy, water harvesting, urban vegetable gardening, and natural farming innovations. The farm was recently recognized with the Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) certification. It is now a farm tourism destination, which serves both as demonstration and learning farm for extension agents, farmers, and the public. (www.facebook.com/futurerice)
From 2004 to 2007, he led a multi-agency project, the Open Academy for Philippine Agriculture, which introduced computers, internet, and access to digital content in agriculture to agricultural extension workers. The project connected farmers to agricultural experts through its farmers’ text center. In 2000 up to 2007, he led the computer networking and internet connectivity of all PhilRice offices nationwide. In 2013, the project won the AGFUND prize for pioneering ICT projects for human development. He started his career as science writer and head of the development communication division from 1994 to 1998. His team developed various extension communication materials for the Department of Agriculture rice production programs. The team won two national awards for promoting rice science through the mass media.