CABAGAN, Isabela. “The training excites me to participate since it is a new terms compared to the usual agricultural technology updates,” said Ms. Hedie Marquez, Municipal Agriculturist of the Local Government Unit of Nagtipunan, Quirino. Ms. Marquez participated in the Training on Climate Information System conducted by the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) in Region 02. She said that the training is apt especially now that we are experiencing adverse weather condition. “We will disseminate the learnings here to our farmers and it will be very useful for them to adjust their cropping calendar,” she said.
The two batches of the said training provided the participants with knowledge and skills on the use of mobile applications in weather monitoring. It would help farmers adjust their cropping calendar depending on the information provided by the mobile applications. The Payong PAGASA and Weather Philippines mobile applications gives forecast on the chance of rain and amount of rainfall per day per municipality. It also provides temperature, relative humidity and wind. The participants were able to experience browsing the content of the mobile applications during their hands-on exercises.
Ms. Analiza Clauren, from the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) talked about the hazards of hydrometeorology and the features of the Payong PAGASA mobile application. To be more acquainted on the PAGASA services, Ms. Fe Villamora presented their weather systems and services, which there are various weather information and bulletins accessible in their website. On the other hand, Ms. Rosemarie Marasigan of the same agency presented their study on the agro-climatic zoning in region 02, which could also help farmers decide when to plant.
Further, Ms. Kaye Rosario-Sangalang and Mr. Adonis Manzan of Weather Philippines Foundation, Inc., spoke about their services including their mobile application and the basics of weather and tropical cyclone.
Conducted on June 18-20 and June 20-22, 2018 at ATI-RTC 02 Cabagan Center, the two batches of the said training were participated in by 59 selected Municipal Agricultural Officers who are the managers of the Farmers Information and Technology Services (FITS) Center, agricultural extension workers, magsasaka siyentista and climate resilient agriculture project beneficiaries.
These participants are committed to disseminate the mobile applications to the farmers of Region 02 for weather updates.