RAFEN convenes for 3rd quarter meeting, convergence projects

OIC Center Director Imelda Guillermo giving her message during the RAFEN third quarter meeting.

At least 15 member-agencies of the Regional Agriculture and Fishery Extension Network convened at ATI-RTC 02 San Mateo Center, San Mateo, Isabela for their 3rd Quarter Meeting on October 25-26, 2018.

Dr. Rosemary G. Aquino, the Regional Technical Director for Research and Regulation of DA-RFO 02 graced the activity and shared to the extension managers and implementers the technology development and transfer model of DA-RFO 02.

She said that matured technologies developed by the different research divisions and stations of DA-RFO 02, it will be turned over to the DA Field Operations to facilitate technology transfer to ATI and other extension service providers until it reaches the farmers, fisherfolk and other industry stakeholders.

Dr. Aquino said that the framework will serve as a guide to delineate the responsibilities of every agency. She added that through the RAFEN, technology transfer and coordination can now be easier.

ATI-RTC 02 OIC Center Director Imelda M. Guillermo thanked Director Aquino for sharing the said framework to the RAFEN which provided clearer picture of the Research, Development and Extension programs and projects in the region.

The meeting also served as avenue to discuss the operational plan and accomplishments of the different member-agencies which aims to properly account all the extension efforts being implemented in Region 02.

In addition, the ATI-RTC 02 presented extension projects that could serve as areas for convergence of various interventions from the RAFEN member-agencies.

Dr. Marites Frogoso, presented the Climate Resilient Agriculture Project to the group. She presented the activities that the other agencies could participate and collaborate. For instance, the SUCs volunteered to be part of the vermicomposting and food processing projects. The PLGUs and DA-RFO will be also part of the tree planting activities.

Moreover, Dr. Jimmy Q. Abarabar presented the guidelines for the accreditation of private extension service providers and learning sites. He encouraged the member-agencies to endorse their partner communities or organization to be one of the cooperators of the said program.

The group also pledged to assist the cacao industry, different collaborat, ive projects were already planned and ready for implementation. Initially, they will conduct Tsokoleytan sa Cacaoan in Lasam, Cagayan.

On the other hand, the SUCs together with the LGUs gave status on the implementation of their Extension Program for Agri-Fishery and National Development (ExPAND) projects.