SAN MATEO, Isabela. “The theories learned from school are very different in actual field”, said Mr. Lemmuel Brito, a Grade 12 student of the Rizal National High School (RNHS), Santiago City. During the culmination activity of their immersion in the Agricultural Training Institute Region 02, Brito said they learned different techniques in farming. “We were able to differentiate the types of weeds, we learned how to do vermi-composting and prepare indigenous micro-organism or IMO”, added Brito.
During their seven-week immersion, the 17 students attended trainings on organic agriculture, rice-based farming system. Also, they were exposed to the field in the palayamanan area, operating water pump, grass cutting, harvesting and organic fertilizer production.
In their impressions, the three students shared their learnings and they thanked ATI for the opportunities given to them to learn and gain experiences. “At first, I felt worried and thought that staff might not be helpful, but later, we gained their support. We worked as if we are just friends”, said Kristine Mateo.
Meanwhile, Ms. Mylene Espiritu, the OJT School Coordinator of RNHS thanked ATI as partner in molding the students. She said that the learnings gained by the students will not only be used in school but also be helpful in their daily lives.
The culmination of these students from their immersion is not the end of their tough journey but just a beginning towards achieving their dreams. They said they are now confident to take up agriculture course.