A motorcade, is just a prelude to hefty activities in celebration of the 32nd anniversary of the Agricultural Training Institute-Regional Training Center VI. This year’s theme “SUSTAINING VIBRANT AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTIVITY THROUGH HARMONIZED AND PROACTIVE EXTENSION SERVICE”. The occasion is a commemoration of ATI’s continuous effort in the attainment of the government’s goal on food sufficiency and sustainability as the orchestrator of the national extension system. Likewise, the event highlights the contribution of ATI in uplifting the lives of the Filipino farmers from conventional mono cropping to an agripreneur, with technological innovations and knowledge thru trainings. Joining this memorable event were farmers, students, agri-enthusiasts, former ATI Directors, heads of different partner agencies, Provincial Agriculturists of Capiz and Antique PLGU’s, Municipal Agriculturists, agency representatives and Agricultural Extension Workers who believe in ATI’s extension advocacy.
A glimpse of ATI Regional Training Center VI
Agricultural Training Institute was created by Executive Order No. 116 through the merging of Bureau of Agricultural Extension (BAEx), Provincial training Center for Rural Development (PTCRD) and Provincial Agricultural Training Center (PATC). In Western Visayas it started its operation in October1987 serving Aklan and Negros Occidental. Meanwhile, Antique and Capiz has their Provincial Farmers’ Training Centers (PFTCs). In 2004, the regionalization of ATI’s operation brought about the convergence of the two PFTCs with the Regional Training Center. Since then, the Center has extended its services to the six provinces of Region 6.
Dr. Ambrosio R. Villorente is a retired Assistant Director for administration in ATI Central Office, Diliman Quezon. Prior to that, he was the 1st Center Director of RTC 6 from 1987 -1994. Engr. Remelyn R. Recoter then took over the Center from 1994 up to 2006 followed by Dr. Allan V. Alimodian from 2007 – 2013. In the later part of 2013, Mr. Mesitlie A. Teruel served as Officer-in-Charge (OIC) while Dr. Alimodian was completing his supervisory course at the Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP). Dr. Eden DLR. Bautista took over the leadership of the Center on December 2013 as the retirement of Dr. Alimodian took effect. Dr. Bautista was officially appointed on June 2014 as Training Center Superintendent II of the center up to present.
ATI Then, Now @ 32 and Beyond was presented by Dr. Eden DLR. Bautista. She emphasized the accomplishments of the Center thru her PowerPoint presentation showing the evidences (pictures) of how the center had evolved in its ways of delivering services to the clients. She likewise made mention of the partners who was supporting ATI thru the years. And finally, she emphasized that RTC 6 is one of ATI network of Center certified by ISO 2009:2015.
During the anniversary program, Dr. Ambrosio Villorente, shared his experiences with his stint in ATI while Dr. Allan V. Alimodian, brought the participants to some very important happenings while he was still with ATI, formerly the Bureau of Agricultural Extension (BAEx) which then merged with the Philippine Training Center for Rural Development (PTCRD) and the Philippine Farmer Training Center, until it became the Agricultural Training Institute thru Executive Order 116 in 1987. The creation of the Provincial Farmers Training Center (PFTC) in Antique and Capiz according to him, gave him an opportunity to serve the less privileged farmers particularly in the remote areas of said provinces. According to him, ATI evolve as a dynamic and vibrant training institution contributing to a sustainable agriculture and economic growth.
Certificates of Recognition were awarded to ATI personnel who have dedicated their service for many years in the institution. The same certificates of recognition were also awarded to the retirees of the Center for their loyalty and unselfish commitment. The ATI’s partners were also recognized and was awarded with certificate of appreciation for their tireless support to all the programs of the Center.
Dr. Grecilda Quintana, a retired professor of Aklan State University, who is also a witness to the existence of ATI when it started its operation inside the university campus recalled some events with their partnership with ATI in various activities, particularly in the trainings and seminars participated by Agricultural Extension Workers (AEWs) to include their Municipal Agriculturist. Likewise, ASU former President, Dr. Benny Palma related his story when ATI was under the transition period.
Engr. Remelyn R. Recoter, now the Regional Executive Director of the Department of Agriculture spent 18 years in ATI before her current appointment with the DA-RFO VI. Her employment with the institute is an accident neither a coincidence, when she was invited to apply for a job in a private company as a hatchery laboratory technician when Dr. Quintana advised her to join ATI-RTC 6. Her choice to join ATI was indeed a blessing for she gained a lot knowledge and experiences that brought her to a higher position in government and the rest is history according to Engr. Recoter. The reunion of ATI employees is remarkable, and the anniversary celebration is instrumental to convey the relationship that was memorable.
In the afternoon, a free seminar on Free Range Chicken Production and Organic Vegetable Production was well attended by students, farmers and guests who came from different places and nearby barangays willing to learn the technology. Topics on free range chicken was delivered by Mr. Urilel Las Piñas, Agricultural Technician from LGU Kalibo while the Organic Vegetable Production was discussed by ATI-RTC 6 Training Specialist II, Ms. Emily M. Revesencio.