Congratulations to Dr. Norvie L. Manigbas, the PSBMB Central Luzon Chapter President, for receiving the Presidential Lingkod Bayan Award. Dr. Manigbas was recognized for his diligence and tenacity in developing the country’s first series of heat-tolerant rice varieties. His pioneering work alleviated the economic condition of farmers with high quality rice varieties. His collaboration with international agriculture organizations resulted to the acquisition of new instruments, equipment, and machines donated to PhilRice and to farmers’ associations in Nueva Ecija, Bohol, and Iloilo.
The award was personally given by Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on September 27, 2018 in celebration with the 118th anniversary of the Philippine Civil Service.