The Agricultural Training Institute-Central Luzon (ATI-CL) conducted a Techno Gabay Program (TGP) Planning Workshop to fortify its implementation in the region with the provincial TGP Coordinators, State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) Extension Directors, and Magsasaka Siyentista (MS) Regional President on March 26, 2019 in Tarlac Agricultural University (TAU), Camiling, Tarlac.
ATI-CL Center Director, Ms. Veronica Concepcion V. Esguerra, shared the programs and accomplishments of the TGP under ATI from 2016-2018. In addition, Information Services Division Chief, Ms. Antonieta J. Arceo, discussed the organizational structure of TGP, and shared the best practices and innovations of other centers in the implementation of the said modality. Likewise, she also imparted strategies on how to conduct activities under TGP efficiently and successfully. Moreover, Director for Extension and Training of TAU, Dr. Yolanda Guillermo, discussed the best practices of the TAU in the implementation of TGP in Tarlac, and how they sustained it.
The main objective of the workshop was to craft a 3-year plan for the implementation of the TGP in the region. With this, the activities for the said modality will be strategically placed, cutting across all the components for the greater goal of achieving sustainable rural development. Likewise, duplication will be lessened. In addition, a regional technical working group for all TGP concerns was formed, comprising of ATI, provincial TGP coordinators, SUC Extension Directors, and MS regional president.
One of the highlights of the event was that the directors for extension and training of other SUCs agreed to adopt the strategies of TAU, which is to institutionalize the TGP in the SUCs. Dr. Geraldine Sanchez, Director for Extension of Pampanga State Agricultural University (PSAU), commended TAU especially Dr. Guillermo in the sustainable implementation of the said modality in their province. She added that the presentation inspired them to institutionalize the TGP in the SUCs for its smooth implementation, cutting across all the components.
The goal of TGP is to help hasten agricultural modernization by enhancing farmers’ access to information and technologies as important input for decision-making and entrepreneurial activities. The program consists of four interdependent and complementary component modalities. These are: Farmers’ Information and Technology Services (FITS) Center, Magsasaka Siyentista, Information, Education and Communication (IEC), and Information and Communication Technologies (ICT). (EDLañada)