Kristoff Buyco Catoto and Rey Pedroso from Tigbauan, Iloilo Batch are smiling after representatives from Smart Philippines handed down the loot bags and cash prizes.

BANGA, Aklan – Digital Farmers Program (DFP) winners are part of ATI’s 33rd Anniversary Celebration on January 29, 2019 at ATI RTC VI Training Hall, ASU Compound, Banga, Aklan as they receive their awards from Smart Philippines for their video output during the training on DFP101 in Tigbauan and Pavia, Iloilo.

The lucky pairs are as follows:
Tigbauan, Iloilo Batch
1st Place - Native Hog Raising by Kristoff Buyco Catoto and Rey Pedroso
2nd Place - Deala's Integrated Farm by Lea Deala and JC Deala
3rd Place – Trees Solteros Farm Story by Rocelin Sotomil and Nick Sotomil

Pavia, Iloilo Batch
1st Place - Fertilizer by Leticia Alberto and Mary Catherine Alberto-Prondo
2nd Place - Magsasaka by Lorna H. Rogodos and Francis Louie Balquin
3rd Place - RSBSA para sa tanan by Cynthia Turija Daguinot

They went home with their loot bag that consists of android phone, solar power bank, lapel microphone, cellphone tripod, flash drive, and jacket for each pair. Also, cash prizes amounting to the following: Php15,000 as first prize, Php10,000 as second prize, and Php5,000 as third prize were in addition to the prizes that they received.

The videos were the participants' output after the one-day DFP training held last November 20-21, 2019, respectively. The prizes that they received will be utilized for another video output in DFP 102.

DFP is part of the social responsibility of Smart Philippines in partnership with Agricultural Training Institute to help the farmers become digital literates. It aims to tap the youth in teaching farmers the basic operations of smart phone, allow the participants to maximize the use of digital applications for their farms and develop a video showcasing different agriculture-related information or farming practices. The implementation of the first module was participated by farmer youth pairs. The youth assists her/his farmer partner in the hands-on exercise as well help in question and answer.