The Agricultural Training Institute-Central Luzon (ATI-CL) launched a School-on-the-Air (SOA) on Organic Farming System dubbed as “OA ang Kita sa Organikong Pagsasaka!” in Bataan through the airing of its first episode on April 16, 2019.
The SOA aims to promote organic agriculture through proper dissemination of current technologies and effective practices using the radio as the medium of extension. Moreover, the program also aims to highlight the benefits and advantages of practicing organic agriculture.
Through listening to the radio program, the participants are expected to acquire knowledge and skills that they can use in starting and improving their practice on organic agriculture.
The three-month long program is heard during Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1-2pm in ‘Power Radio 104.5 FM’ until June 6, 2019. Around 500 farmers from different municipalities of Bataan is participating in the program.
In addition, each participant was awarded with a radio set to ensure the participation and high absorption of knowledge of the farmers.
Each episode has a corresponding topic to be discussed by a resource person. Among the resource persons invited are Ms. Luisa Rodis of OPA-Bataan, Ms Elsa Victoria, and Ms. Babelyn Lopez of ATI Central Luzon, Mr. Ronald Angat and Ms. Rose Joson of DA- RFO III, Mr. Geowell Gutierrez and Mr. Joey Alvior of OPA-Zambales, Mr. Armando Lagasca from Central Luzon State University (CLSU), Mr. Samson Gines and Juanito Castro from Gratia Plena Social Action Center, and Ms. Veronica Concepcion V. Esguerra, Center Director of ATI Central Luzon.
During the airing of the first episode, Dir. Esguerra said that, “70% ng ating populasyon ay umaasa sa kanilang ikabubuhay sa agrikultura. Ang sektor ng agrikultura ay nananatiling napakahalagang sektor ng pamahalaan. Kung nakakaranas man tayo ng mga hamon, huwag po tayong mawalan ng pagasa dahil ang pamahalaan, kasama ang ATI, ay nag-iisip ng mga paraan kung paano matutulungan ang ating mga magsasaka.”
The participants took their first short exam right after the airing of first five episodes. They are set to take two more exams until the end of the program. The achievers will be awarded during the graduation ceremony on June 19, 2019 in Balanga City, Bataan.
The program was made possible through the help of the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist in Bataan, the Office of the Municipal Agriculturists of Bataan, and Department of Agriculture-Regional Field Office III. (KDGalang)