DA-RFO8, PhilRice host PRISM Regional Conference in Tanauan, Leyte

Created on Monday, 23 September 2019 Published Date

In one click or push of a button on computer keyboard anyone who wish to search specific data on rice will never experience hard time to search or find it.

Thanks to PRISM or the Philippine Rice Information System, a satellite-based rice monitoring information system that generates data on rice area planted, yield estimates, planting dates, and the extent of areas affected by flood or drought using remote sensing, crop modelling, and smartphone-based survey.

This high-end operational information system can provide data products that support the Department of Agriculture's strategic policy and decision-making, technology implementation, disaster preparedness and emergency response.

PRISM is gradually being introduced to rice key stakeholders in line with the paradigm shift trajectory that Secretary Manong Willie Dar has laid out to uplift and modernize the Philippine agriculture sector.

So far, PRISM has been operating in Eastern Visayas Region, since the latter part of 2014. Some initial accomplishments include 200 ricefarms monitored, covering 10 municipalities and all 6 provinces.

Three PhilRice technical staff composed of Ms Eve Daphne Radam; Ms Jean Rochielle Mirandilla and Mr. Don Banares were on hand to disseminate the significant features of PRISM.

Ms Rufelie Sotes Gula of DA-RFO 8 and other Region 8's PRISM Staffers facilitated the event. According to Ms Gula, initially PRISM covers only 11 municipalities, but there is a plan to expand to more areas in succeeding years.  (FRANCISCO C. ROSAROSO, RAFIS Chief)


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