The government created the National Postharvest Institute for Research and Extension (NAPHIRE) on May 24, 1978 by virtue of Presidential Decree No. 1380 to accelerate the development of the grains postharvest industry in the country. Its actual operations started in 1980 as a subsidiary corporation of the National Grains Authority (NGA) through Letter of Implementation No. 123. In 1982, a further expansion of its mandate incorporating all other food commodities was made through Letter of Instruction No. 1142 when NGA became the National Food Authority (NFA).
NAPHIRE became an attached agency of the Department of Agriculture (DA) in 1986 through Executive Order 116. In 1992, it was transformed into a regular agency through Executive Order 494 and was renamed as the Bureau of Postharvest Research and Extension (BPRE).
However, by virtue of EO 366 or the government’s 2004 Rationalization Program, the BPRE was rationalized and renamed into the Philippine Center for Postharvest Development and Mechanization (PHilMech). The functions of PHilMech were further expanded to include mechanization concerns from production to postproduction through the coordination and execution of research and extension activities and application of postproduction and agricultural mechanization technologies, in addition to its original mandate of developing the postharvest industry.
PHilMech is mandated to generate, extend and commercialize appropriate and problem-oriented agriculture and fishery postharvest and mechanization technologies, practices and systems.
With the approved rationalization plan, the functions of PHilMech, formerly BPRE, has been strengthened. As a center, it is responsible for the conduct of innovative studies, research and development, acquisition, adaptation and development of strategies for the effective dissemination and application of technologies.
The PHilMech is tasked to empower the agri-fishery sector through the effective delivery of the following functions:
- PHilMech takes the lead in the formulation and execution of mechanization and postharvest systems research and development in the agriculture and fishery sector;
- PHilMech adopts comprehensive training, extension and applied communication approaches and strategies; and
- PHilMech aggressively builds strategic alliances with RFUs, LGUs, academe, equipment manufacturers and other relevant local and international institutions in the conduct of its programs and projects.
PHilMech envisions to become the premier center for postharvest and mechanization development for a gender-responsive, globally-competitive, and food-secure Philippines with empowered and prosperous farmers and fisher folks.
PHilMech is committed to the agriculture and fishery sectors by increasing resource-use efficiency and productivity, reducing losses and adding value to the produce through partnership-based R&D, extension, commercialization, and deployment of appropriate postharvest and mechanization technologies.
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