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Jul 08 2014

DILIMAN, Quezon City – Eight months after Typhoon Yolanda hit the Philippines and caused major damage to the provinces of Samar and Leyte, humanitarian aid to the victims are still abundantly coming in from the different organizations. However, the focus now is giving aid that will have a more sustainable effect that will benefit the victims for a longer period of time.

Jul 04 2014

In its pursuit to develop a new breed of extension workers whose specialization is on rice production technologies, the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI), Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) and the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) came up with a naming contest that will be referred to the new rice extensionists.

Jun 27 2014

QUEZON CITY, Philippines -- In the recent e-Government survey of the United Nations among its 193 member countries, South Korea ranked number 1 with best initiatives specifically on online public service delivery, e-participation of its contituents, collaborative governance, mobile delivery, digital inclusion and open government data.

Philippines is not lagging behind as it ranked 95th among these countries worldwide with best e-government initiatives and 54th in terms of citizen participation.

Jun 26 2014

DILIMAN, Quezon City – Geared at increasing job performance of mid-executive in the Department of Agriculture’s (DA) line agencies, the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) completed the third part of the Training Program for the Middle Level Managers on Transformational Leadership at the Rural Development Education Center (RDEC) in ATI Central Office compound in this city last June 3 to 5, 2014.

Jun 26 2014

DILIMAN, Quezon City – A public servant’s sense of duty does not simply cease upon retirement, instead, it expands and goes beyond the limitations of being a government employee.  It opens up opportunities to explore others means of serving the clientele.  In this line, 189 retired personnel of the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) under Executive Order 366 embark on new roles as extension ambassadors and beacons for modern technology among farmers and fisherfolk.

Jun 24 2014

DILIMAN, Quezon City – To empower small farmers to meet challenges and opportunities brought about by the continuing commercialization of agricultural systems, the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) recently launched the regional Training of Facilitators (TOF) of Farm Business School (FBS) in ATI-Regional Training Centers (griATI-RTCs).

The TOF aims to capacitate extension workers of the local government units and selected farmer-leaders in enhancing public extension with marketing and entrepreneurship messages.

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Jul 15 2014
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Jun 30 2014

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Pat Acosta, A Pioneer in Organic Farming in Benguet (photo by Ben Natividad)

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet - Pat Acosta can be considered a peculiar farmer.

This statement can be a little bit exaggerated but no one can deny that he is one of the pioneers in the emergence of organic agriculture in the province of Benguet. If one examines the methods he uses in his farming it may be as he terms it “going back to the basics of agriculture,” where farming shouldn’t be as complicated as it may seem now. Organic farming according to Acosta can be described as simple farming, no need for chemical fertilizers as well as pesticides and all you need to worry about is the health of your soil.