Executive Order No. 116
When the Department of Agriculture (DA) was reorganized in January 1987 under the Executive Order No. 116, the Bureau of Agricultural Extension (BAEx), the Philippine Agricultural Training Council (PATC) and the Philippine Training Centers for Rural Development (PTC-RD) merged, and paved the way for the establishment of the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI).
The ATI started its operations in 1987 with 10 training centers from the former PTC-RD. A year after, more training centers were set up adding nine Regional Training Centers (RTC) and seven Farmers’ Training Centers (FTC).
Network of Training Centers
In 1989, more facilities were installed -- adding seven FTCs, seven Regional Fishermen’s Training Centers (RFTC) and the International Training Center on Pig Husbandry (ITCPH). Since then, a total of 41 training centers geographically located nationwide comprised the ATI's network of training centers.
Republic Act 8435
ATI’s role as the DA’s extension and training arm was strengthened with Republic Act 8435 or the Agriculture and Fisheries Modernization Act (AFMA) of 1997.
RFTCs back to BFAR
The RFTCs were turned over to the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, while the FTCs were renamed Provincial Training Centers. To date, ATI is operating with its 16 Regional Training Centers and one International Training Center on Pig Husbandry.
AO No. 103, Series of 2004 and EO 366
Once separate, the two centers: Regional Training Center-7 based at DA-RFU 7 Compound, M. Velez Street, Cebu City, and the Provincial Training Center-Bohol are now one strong and more focused ATI in Central Visayas. Designated as the seat of regional training center 7, ATI-RTC 7 now sits at Cabawan District, Tagbilaran City, Bohol. It is 8 kilometers away from the city proper.