The regional summer youth camp promotes agriculture development and innovation among the youth and the local farmers. Together with the 4H Club Regional Federation, the ATI-RTC 02 conducted the annual camp for the youth on April 9-12, 2019 at San Mateo North Central School, Salinugan West, San Mateo, Isabela with the theme of BIDA 4H: Bringing Innovation and Development in Agriculture through the 4H.
There were 243 participants and delegates Isabela, Nueva Vizcaya, Quirino, and Cagayan.
The camp commenced with the entrance of colors and a flag rituals led by the Regional and Provincial 4H Federation Officers.
Mr. Rudy M. Concepcion, the President of Regional 4H Club Federation acknowledged the presence of the guests and delegates. He encouraged everyone to be participants and enjoy the activities of the camp.
Mr. Sherwin Cadeliña, Sangguniang Bayan Member and Chairman of Committee on Agriculture represented the Local Government Unit of San Mateo. He shared that joining a youth camp he learned a lot not just gaining knowledge as a youth but to develop and to share his knowledge and skills. Through these, the youth can be an entrepreneur, businessman, and helpful for the community as they engage with farming.
Moreover, Ms. Imelda M. Guillermo, OIC Center Director of ATI-RTC 02 emphasized the role of the youth in agricultural development. “This youth camp is for youth empowerment through youth sustainable programs. We are conducting this because we want to recognize the youth contribution towards social, physical, environmental, and economic development and this is the only time that the knowledge and the exchange of ideas of new technologies will be acknowledge,” she shared.
In addition, the keynote speaker Mr. Rovelle P. Mendoza, a Magsasaka Siyentista and an Outstanding Young Farmer, encouraged the participants to engage in agriculture. “Ang 4H Club ay makakatulong na maging kaagapay sa agrikultura sa pamamagitan ng pag-showcase sa teknolohiya para ikaw ay bibida. Gaya ng project ngayon na organic farming sa pamamagitan ng iba’t ibang connections and natural farming inputs,” Mr. Mendoza said.
He emphasized that, “it’s easy to burn out when you’re very motivated, observe yourself to recognize any signs.”
Dr. Elenita M. Guiyab, Principal of San Mateo North Central School, shared that the activity could be an inspiration to the youth especially to their students, that learning helps to attain innovation and development in any aspects such as agriculture.
As an appreciation and to ignite the passion of their students on agriculture, Ms. Guiyab receives P100,000.00 for the “Garden in School” project from ATI-RTC 02.
A torch parade was conducted around the community after the opening program. The camp was led by the team of Ms. Annaliza Claveron, the ATI-RTC 02 RBO focal person. ### Maicah Chrishaine N. Constantino, OJT