BUTUAN CITY - The recently concluded briefing of the School on-the-Air (SOA) Program on Swine Production raised affirmative response from 11 Local Government Units (LGUs) in Agusan del Norte. Evident to this was the complete representation of LGUs with the presence of 5 Municipal/City Agriculturist during the briefing on April 5, 2019 at the Pietros Square, Capitol-Bonbon road, this city.
“This will be the first time for Provincial Veterinary Office (PVET) to handle a SOA Program but we gladly accept the challenge and commit full cooperation in the program,” said Dr. Belen M. Aruelo, Provincial Veterinarian of Agusan del Norte. She thanked the Agricultural Training Institute-Regional Training Center 13 for trusting them to be a partner in this undertaking. Mr. Fil Victor Babanto, Information Officer III/Chief, Information Services Section of ATI-RTC 13 praised the overwhelming response of PVET and LGUs for the upcoming SOA program. He emphasized that PVET/Agusan del Norte was chosen in consultation with Ms. Florita G. Lozada, Livestock Program Focal Person/ATI-RTC 13.
Ms. Mary Grace B. Salve, MPS II of ATI-RTC 13 presented the rationale of the program and its objectives and strategies. She also discussed the program duration, implementation date as well as the target enrollees of the SOA. She highlighted the roles and responsibilities of ATI, PVET and the participating LGUs. Mr. Raul C. Cornites, Agriculturist II from PVET was tasked to finalize the topic outline or broadcast guide including the assignment of Resource Persons of the respective topics. Mr. Cornites will serve as the program anchor and provincial SOA coordinator.
Mr. Babanto facilitated the detailed discussion on SOA implementation-related concerns such as the provision of incentives and communication support to SOA coordinators, conduct of assessment and others.
The SOA which aimed to address the problems and needs on swine production is hoped to commence of May and will run for 16 weeks at 1-hour per week session.