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  • Abdula

    Abdula, Sailila E.

    Chief Science Research Specialist


    “Doc Sai” has been the Acting Executive Director of PhilRice since July 2016. He was the Acting Branch Director of PhilRice Midsayap before accepting his current designation. He rose from the ranks in his 20 years of service in PhilRice, from SRS I until he became Chief SRS and appointed as Director I just recently.

    He made significant contributions in rice R&D with the development of NSIC Rc120 and Rc226, which are tungro-resistant varieties. He is also developing transgressive lines dubbed as “Sige-Sige Rice”. His interests extend to efficient and sustainable technology transfer strategies as he pioneered working with Muslim religious leaders as rice technology intermediaries. He has authored six scientific publications and co-authored others published in scientific journals.

    His dedication to rice R&D earned him the National Gawad Saka 2016 Outstanding Agricultural Researcher Award. He also received from PhilRice the Scientific Productivity Award in 2012 and 2015.

    Dr. Abdula, 44, is a son of Patadon, Matalam, North Cotabato where he finished his early education with honors. He obtained his bachelor’s degree (BS in Agriculture Major in Plant Breeding and Genetics and Minor in Plant Pathology) from the University of Southern Mindanao as cum laude; his master’s degree (MS in Plant Breeding) from UP – Los Baños; and his Doctor of Philosophy in Agriculture (Major in Functional Genomics) from Chungbuk National University in South Korea.

    In early 2016, he obtained his Masters in Development Management from the Development Academy of the Philippines where he was recognized as having the Best Re-Entry Project.