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ATI in the Cordilleras
Updated: 3 hours 28 min ago
The Agricultural Training Institute-CAR strengthened its intervention on Gender and Development (GAD) with the conduct of the Training on GAD Planning and Budgeting for ATI and DA-RFO Staff held on February 20-21, 2017 at the Dammuhan Hall, ATI-CAR, La Trinidad, Benguet.
“Ang trabaho po talaga ng PCOO ay ihatid ang polisiya ng gobyerno sa masa, sa taumbayan, hindi lang po tagapagsalita on behalf of the President kundi on behalf of the entire government.” This was what Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Jose Ruperto Martin M. Andanar emphasized during the third leg of the ASEAN-PCOO Roadshow held in Baguio City.
“Malaki ang difference ng mga nangyayari sa amin at yung mga nangyayari sa mga farmers nila dito” says Mr. Rodrigo C. Enting, HVCDP Provincial Focal Person of Leyte, after their three-day hands-on training and exposure on highland vegetable production in the province of Benguet. According to Mr. Enting, he is amazed with how farmers in Benguet produce and earn given a very limited production area.
“Improving agricultural productivity and food security of small farmers and farming communities through improving their access to relevant information, data and technology” is the overarching aim of ASSIST’s AGROMET project. ASSIST, which stands for Asia Society for Social Improvement and Sustainable Transformation, was able to avail of a funding support from the German Development Bank. This project is intended for areas with “weather sensitive high value crops” such as highland vegetables.
It was January 30, 1987 when President Corazon C. Aquino signed Executive Order Number 116 which is also known as the Reorganization Act of the Ministry of Agriculture and Food. It was also on that day through Section 20 paragraph b of the same executive order that the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) was born from the merging of the Philippine Agricultural Training Council (PATC), Philippine Training Center for Rural Development (PTCRD), and Bureau of Agricultural Extension (BAEx).
“The life of this training is now on your hands.” This was the overarching message of Hon. Jose Halipan, Sanguniang Bayan member and chairman of the committee on agriculture of the municipality of Aguinaldo, Ifugao during the graduation ceremony of the Posnaan Farmers Livestock School on Goat Enterprise Management (FLS-GEM).
The implementation of Extension Support, Education and Training Services (ESETS) interventions by the Department of Agriculture (DA), State Universities and Colleges (SUCs), Local Government Units (LGUs) and other stakeholders of the High Value Crops Development Program (HVCDP) in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) brought the concerned agencies together for a consultation meeting.
The Agricultural Training Institute-Cordillera Administrative Region (ATI-CAR) coursed a challenging yet fulfilling 2016 as it stays committed in the delivery of extension services to the Agriculture and Fisheries Extension (AFE) sector in the region. In its annual year-end review the ATI-CAR revisited how it fared in the delivery of services to its clientele in 2016. The Center catered to 3,302 individuals through 96 trainings across various commodity programs in 2016.
The year 2016 is another fruitful year in the implementation of the TGP in the Cordillera Administrative Region where major activities were made. Under the Farmers Information and Technology Services (FITS) Center component, the MLGUs of Daguioman, Sal-lapadan, Licuan-Baay, and Lagangilang- all in the province of Abra were assessed and were approved for ICT support by ATI CO.