SAN MATEO, Isabela. It was a good practice of the Agricultural Training Institute – Regional Training Center 02 (ATI-RTC 02) conducting mass graduation of its different training and extension activities. The mass graduation was participated by around 1400 graduates from different municipalities of region 02.
Held on October 17, 2019 at the New Community Center, San Mateo, Isabela, the mass graduation was graced by Dir. Alfredo S. Aton, Director of the Agricultural Training Institute. He commended the ATI-RTC 02 for the successful implementation of its training and extension activities. He said that graduation is not the end of the journey of the graduates but just the start. He encouraged them to share their knowledge to their co-farmers as a way of helping the agriculture sector.
The extension activities conducted were the two Schools-on-the Air (SOA) on Good Agricultural Practices for Vegetables and Organic Agriculture. The SOA on GAP vegetables was aired from June 12 to August 28, 2019 over DWPE Radyo Pilipinas, DZDA Radyo Pangkaunlaran, DZND Radyo Kalugaran, DWRL and DWTS. There were 683 graduates from Cabagan, Burgos, Benito Soliven, San Mariano and Roxas, Isabela; and Enrile, Tuguegarao City, Tuao, Sto. Nino, Solana, Alcala, Amulung, Lallo and Claveria, Cagayan.
Meanwhile, the School on-the-Air (SOA) on Organic agriculture was aired last June 11 to August 27, 2019 over DWSI Sonshine Radio, DWQP, DWNS and Sweet Radio. The 583 graduates came from Alicia, Angadanan, Cauayan City, Cordon, Echague, Jones, Ramon, Reina Mercedes, San Guillermo, San Isidro, San Manuel, and San Mateo, Isabela.
The school on-the air on GAP vegetables covered the northern part of region 02 while SOA on organic agriculture covered the southern part.
On the other hand, the season-long trainings were the Regional Roll-out on “Enabling the AgRiDOC: A New Breed of Agricultural Development Officers of the Community” and the Training of Trainers on Good Agricultural Practices for vegetable production with farmers’ field school.
Twenty-six agricultural extension workers have undergone a season-long training program that primed them as catalysts of farm community transformation. The AgriDOC was conducted in May to October 2019. After graduation, the 26 AgRiDOCs are expected to help transform rice-based farming communities toward competitiveness, sustainably, and resiliency using practical, science-based, and locally appropriate and market-oriented strategies.
The season-long training of trainers on good agricultural practices for vegetables on the other hand have 26 AEWs who undergone the season-long training program that molded them to be trainers in their respective municipalities. After graduation, they are expected to conduct farmers’ field school to promote the benefits of good agricultural practices and improve the practices of the farmers in their area of coverage.
The mass graduation was successfully held with the presence of the Municipal Mayor of San Mateo, Sangguniang Panlalawigan, Member of Isabela, Dr. Ernesto D. Guzman of DA-RFO 02, municipal agriculturists from different municipal LGUs and extension workers.