October 17, 1966, President Marcos Signed EO No. 50 Creating the Rice and Corn Production Coordinating Council
On October 17, 1966, President Ferdinand Marcos, signed Executive Order No. 50 creating the Rice and Corn Production Coordinating Council (RCPCC), and directing RCPCC to “assume the sole power and responsibility of implementing the Rice and Corn Production Program”. The Executive Order also abolished the now redundant Rice and Corn Administation created in January 15, 1964.
RCPCC was the program that brought temporary rice self-sufficiency to the country.
The mission of the RCPCC was to be the means for bringing the new rice high-yielding varieties (HYV) and technology and culture from the International Rice Research Institutute (IRRI), University of the Philippines College of Agriculture, and the Bureau of Plant Industry to the Filipino rice farmer, with the program to center around the farmer.
Its objectives was to conduct an effective information drive to bring to the public the capabilities of the HYVs, to translate the technology of HYV culture into the language of the farmers, and to get them to plant these HYVs on their farms. Most importantly, the Council had to facilitate easy credit financing for the increased farm inputs that the new technology required.
Below is a copy of Executive Order No. 50:
BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE PHILIPPINES
EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 50
REVOKING EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 62 DATED JANUARY 15, 1964, WHICH CREATED THE RICE AND CORN AUTHORITY, AND VESTING THE RICE AND CORN PRODUCTION COORDINATING COUNCIL WITH THE SOLE POWER AND RESPONSIBILITY OF IMPLEMENTING THE RICE AND CORN PRODUCTION PROGRAM OF THE COUNTRY
WHEREAS, by virtue of Executive Order No. 62 dated January 15, 1964, a Rice and Corn Authority was created to coordinate all agencies of the government which have something to do with rice production;
WHEREAS, the Rice and Corn Production Coordinating Council is likewise required by law to have direct control and management of the Rice and Corn Production Program as provided under Republic Act No. 2084 and the General Appropriation Acts for the Fiscal years from 1959 to 1966; and
WHEREAS, in order to avoid confusion among the implementing agencies, as well as the farmers, there must be only one body to implement the Rice and Corn Production Program;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, FERDINAND E. MARCOS, President of the Philippines, by virtue of the powers vested in me by law, do hereby revoke Executive Order No. 62 dated January 15, 1964, creating the Rice and Corn Authority, and direct the Rice and Corn Production Coordinating Council to assume the sole power and responsibility of implementing the Rice and Corn Production Program. It is further directed that the Budget Commission, the National Irrigation Administration, the Irrigation Service Unit, the Bureau of Agricultural Economics, the Rice and Corn Board, and all other agencies which have something to do with rice and corn production actively participate and cooperate in the implementation of the Rice and Corn Production Program.
The Rice and Corn Production Coordinating Council shall submit to the President regularly a report on its activities and accomplishments.
Done in the City of Manila, this 17th day of October, in the year of Our Lord, nineteen hundred and sixty-six.
(Sgd.) FERDINAND E. MARCOS
President of the Philippines
By the President:
(Sgd.) RAFAEL M. SALAS
Source: Malacañang Records Officehttp://www.officialgazette.gov.ph