Saliot at the Helm

Director IV
Agricultural Training Institute

D irector Asterio P. Saliot or Dodong as he is fondly called by close friends, hails from the town of Enrique Villanueva, Siquijor and was born on May 20, 1958.

He has two Baccalaureate degrees in Science and Agriculture and Law, respectively. Not contented with these, he pursued further studies and earned four Masteral degrees on National Security Administration (1996); Public Administration (1995); Business Administration (1994) and Development Studies (1986). He likewise earned his PhD in Extension Education at the University of the Philippines Los Banos, Laguna and a Career Executive Service Officer III.

In 1979, Director Saliot started his career as a college instructor at the Andres Bonifacio College in Dipolog City, Zamboanga Del Norte.  He entered the government service as an Farm Management Technologist of the then Ministry of Agriculture in 1981. He was already an Agricultural Development Specialist of the Ministry when he transferred to the Agricultural Training Institute - Farmer’s Training Center in Dipolog City as its Training Center Superintendent in 1989.

Because of his track record, Dr. Horacio M. Carandang, former Director of ATI, encouraged him to take the newly vacated post of Director III for Administration and Finance in ATI Central Office in 1997.

The untimely demise of incumbent Director, Atty. Edwin P. Acoba in March 2003, catapulted Director Saliot to the top post as Officer-In-Charge then became ATI’s full pledge Director in September of the same year.

Barely three years as director of the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI), the Department of Agriculture’s training and extension arm, he rallied the institute to become ISO 9001:2000 certified, making ATI as one of the few government agencies to become ISO certified and setting the institute’s quality management system at par with international standards.

Young and dynamic, Director Saliot is known for his aggressive stand in supporting the modernization of the extension delivery system in agriculture and fisheries.

Under his leadership, ATI was able to harness digital information communication technology in the delivery of extension services. He spearheaded the conceptualization and implementation of the e-Extension Program for Agriculture and Fisheries where farmers can learn and access information on various agricultural commodities and technologies through the e-Extension portal and recently, the Farmers' Contact Center, where farmers, fishers, extension workers or anybody interested in agriculture and fisheries can ask and inquire through various modes, either short messaging system (text), call, chat or email.
Now, the extension workers, farmers, fishers and other stakeholders in agriculture can learn anytime, from any place at their own pace.

In July 2008, recognizing ATI’s initiatives in modernizing agriculture extension delivery system, then Secretary Arthur C. Yap signed Administrative Order No. 28 designating ATI as national apex agency for extension of the Department of Agriculture (DA) in order to orchestrate the agriculture and fisheries extension system for a unified and efficient delivery of extension services in the country.

Today, the Institute also houses the Agriculture and Fisheries Knowledge Center made possible through a collaborative project with DA-Bureau of Agricultural Research, DOST-Philippine Council on Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resources Research and Development, Open Academy of the Philippines and the Univet Laboratories Inc.  The information resource center is now the knowledge hub for agriculture and fisheries. In 2013, the ATI, under his leadership, opened the Learning and Discovery Center (or LeAD Center) for Agriculture and Fisheries to the public.

Dirrector APS, as he is being addressed by the employees of ATI, made sure that one of his utmost concerns is the welfare of the employees. He provided opportunities for capacity building and human resource development for his staff and equipped the institute with facilities for physical fitness of the personnel.

Truly, ATI has reached greater heights in delivering agriculture extension more effectively and efficiently to its stakeholders. And through the able leadership and dynamism of its Director, ATI’s stakeholders can expect more to come from the man who makes things happen and who made dreams possible. (photo by Clemente A. Gabion)