A Step towards Sustainable AgRiDOCs

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ROSARIO, La Union- Assessment is very vital in the implementation of any project, program and activity as it provides data or information on its status. Hence, the Agricultural Training Institute – Regional Training Center I (ATI-RTC I) initiated the First Assessment and Planning Workshop of AgRiDOC Projects in Region 1 last November 22-23 at LGV Agri-Tourism Farm in Brgy. Amlang, Rosario, La Union.

The assessment was participated by 30 AgRiDOC graduates from different municipalities in the region wherein, two (2) were from National Roll-out, two (2) from Luzon Cluster 1, eleven (11) from Regional Roll-out Batch 1, and fifteen (15) from Batch 2. Upon graduation of the AgRiDOCs, they submitted project proposals to ATI as catalytic funds for their chosen project in their areas.

The two-day assessment involved presentations of the status of their projects, problems encountered, actions taken, and recommendations. It was noted that among the 37 project proposals submitted at ATI-RTC I, eight (8) projects were already conducted, seven (7) are still on-going, and one (1) continuing project. On the other hand, insufficiency of fund and unliquidated downloaded funds are the common reasons of the remaining 21 projects that are still to be implemented. Thus, they were advised to link their projects with other funding agencies and to immediately submit their liquidation reports for them to receive the budget of their proposed project.

Planning workshop for the sustainability of the projects was done on the second day. One of the agreements made was to organize an association among AgRiDOCs. This will aim to sustain the projects of each individual, and to continue their role as community development officers. An annual assessment was also suggested so they can give updates on the status of their respective projects.

Likewise, the Presentation of Projects, Programs and Activities (PPAs) of the Center for the CY 2019 was presented by Ms. Abegel A. Joson, Planning Officer II of ATI-RTC I. This served as reference and shoplist of the AgRiDOCs where they can choose projects and activities to collaborate on with the Center.

To date, Region 1 has a total of 52 AgRiDOCs.