The establishment of PRRI aims to comprehensively realize the goals of human empowerment and economic development in the countryside through programs and projects that will increase rubber production in the country, and improve the quality of life especially in poor rural communities that depend primarily on this industry.
The newly-created institute will be under the control and supervision of the Department of Agriculture as one of its attached agencies. It is mandated to initiate and administer research and development (R&D) programs to improve quality and increase productivity of rubber especially for the benefit of smallholder rubber producers and processors.
To initiate and administer research and development programs to improve productivity and quality of rubber in the country.
To expand and increase the efficiency of rubber production and consumption in the country.
A globally competitive technology-based and economically and environmentally sustainable Philippine rubber industry.
Propagate and promote
The planting, maintenance, and wise use of rubber trees as source of latex and finished rubber products
Enable rubber producers and processors
To access quality rubber tree seedlings, modern production techniques and other support services from production to marketing.
Undertake training and capacity-building programs
For rubber producers, processors and cooperatives to increase production of quality rubber and raise level of income of poor smallholders.
Assist in establishing village-based rubber enterprises
To generate livelihood opportunities and improve general well-being of the majority of workforce in agriculture sector.
Promote cooperative development among smallholders
And provide them access to resources, technological know-how and decision-making processes.
Initiate R&D projects on rubber
To address technology and policy gaps in promoting a robust industry.
Enter into an agreement
And receive grants from local and foreign funding agencies through the DA.
Researcher –Honey Fe C. Gumay (on-going) The Demo-farm was conducted in JO Rubber Agrarian Reform Benefeciaries Cooperative, Lapaz, Naga Zamboanga Sibugay. The objectives of this project is to showcase the advancement of inter-cropping to the existing rubber tree. Currently, the age of the rubber tree is 4 years old with the distance of 2m x – continue reading
Researcher –Honey Fe C. Gumay and Jose M. Remollo III (on-going) Germplasm collection have provided original materials for plant breeding program and crop improvement. Because of their genetic diversity and possible occurrence of particular desirable genes, germplasm collection are useful targets to plant breeders. Recently, many of germplasm are being lost worldwide due to habitat – continue reading
Researcher –Honey Fe C. Gumay (on-going) The Multilateral Clone Exchange Program has been organized by the International Rubber Research Development Board (IRRDB) to preserved potential clones of good performance. Thus, popular clones evolved in different countries are being introduce to member countries and evaluate under the local agro climatic conditions. Fifteen countries under IRRDB – continue reading
Researcher –Honey Fe C. Gumay and Jose M. Remollo III Proper identification of rubber clones plays a vital role in crop management system and research. Although clones do not exhibit highly distinct variations. Most of them possess differences in certain minor, but more or less stable morphological features which can be used for identification. – continue reading
Growth Performance of Rubber Latex Timber Clones Under Selected Mining Areas in Zamboanga Peninsula Researcher-Meynard P. Abello and Gilbert D. Rance (On-going) Of the country’s total land area of 30 million hectares, some 9 million hectares have been identified as having “high mineral potential”, said the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB). As of January 2012, – continue reading