Robert Ziegler, IRRI director general, welcomed the guests, noting the talent, dedication, work ethics, expertise, and unique contributions of IRRI’s Filipino staff to rice research and to the Institute’s mission of feeding the world and protecting the environment.
V. Bruce J. Tolentino, deputy director general for communication and partnerships, gave the briefing on IRRI's global research activities, opportunities, and programs that support agriculture. He declared that IRRI will continue keeping good relations with communities such as Los Baños and Bay through partnerships and emergency assistance.
Julian Lapitan, head of IRRI’s Partnerships Office, discussed the roles and importance of IRRI for the Philippines’ Food Staples Sufficiency Program and in rice production.
Mayor Caesar Perez of Los Baños acknowledged IRRI’s contributions to the livelihood and economic programs of both Los Baños and Bay.
The Association of Barangay Councils (ABC) of both municipalities shared during the meeting about their problems on and progress in agriculture.