SAN MATEO, Isabela. The third batch of the new breed of Agricultural Development Officers of the Community (AgriDOC) now on their second month of the season-long training.
The program is designed for rice extensionists molding them to become AgriDOC. “It is one way of revitalizing the Philippine agricultural extension system, in which the program’s foundation is farm community transformation not just technology transmission,” said the project officer Ms. Mayflor Macmac, a graduate of the second batch of AgriDOC last year.
According to her, the trainees will undergo five-month intensive training that aims to strengthen the technical competence of the participants, nurture values relevant to development work, and sharpen their leadership, communication and entrepreneurial skills.
The program follows a curriculum piloted in the first two batches of the AgriDOC training. The curriculum focuses on experiential learning designed to heighten trainees’ understanding and appreciation on rice-based farming system and the development processes in farming communities.
It consists of six modules: BeTransformed, AgRiCool, AgRiSurvivors, PalaYcheck and PalaYamanan v2.0, Rise with Rice, and Be RICEponsible.
“After the training, the AgriDOC graduates are expected to help raise the bar of performance in extension, increase productivity to secure food self-sufficiency, and help catalyze farm community transformation,”Macmac said.
The training started on May 20 and expected to end on October 7, 2019. It has 26 participants from selected municipal local government units in the region.