The PRISM Unit intends to serve as the center of processes and national coordination among its mother agency, national and regional partners, and international collaborators.
It was developed under the collaborative R&D project of DA, DA-PhilRice and IRRI, with funding from DA-Bureau of Agricultural Research (BAR) from 2014 to 2017 and through DBM starting 2018.
PRISM is one of the programs of the Department of Agriculture, which aims to provide interventions at both national and local levels to support rice production.
Regional Field Offices, with guidance from PhilRice oversee all field activities. RFOs coordinate with their respective Local Government Units (LGUs) to make sure that the field activities in monitoring sites are implemented. RFOs are provided with smartphones and other field equipment, and trained by IRRI and PhilRice on the field protocols to ensure standardized data collection among regions. They are also responsible for validating and managing all the data collected from their region.
DA-BAR funds PRISM. The Bureau of Agricultural Research (BAR) is one of the staff bureaus of the DA which was established to lead and coordinate the national agriculture and fisheries research and development (R&D) in the country.
PhilRice is involved in all activities in PRISM. They oversee activities and interactions with the regions. This includes conducts of training and assessment workshops in all participating regions. They serve as resource persons imparting their expertise to local project partners. They also provide support field work activities such as validation and field visits to ensure smooth flow of the project since most of their staff are posted in different field offices within the Philippines.
IRRI creates the model and handles decision support for software development. The institute also ensures capacity building by conducting training and workshops on data collection protocols, management, and analysis; and on maintenance of PRISM web services. In such events, standardized and efficient protocols for data collection across all regions using smartphones have been developed in collaboration with other PRISM partners.
DA Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI)
Together with the DA RCPCs, BPI serves in an active and advisory role, assisting IRRI and PhilRice in reviewing the training curriculum and preparing materials for the local cooperators. BPI also assists RCPC in coordinating the activities of the local cooperators and in validating the collected data.
PRISM identified the Department of Science and Technology – Advanced Science and Technology Institute (DOST-ASTI) as its partner because it has the facilities for system redundancy, data storage, data access and sharing, and high performance computer for satellite data downloading and processing capabilities. ASTI’s Philippine Earth Data Resource and Observation (PEDRO) Center, Remote Sensing and Data Science (DATOS), and Computing and Archiving Research Environment (CoARE) Projects will provide these services to PRISM.