“This was once our dream but today, we can now finally see the realization of this dream", says Hon. Lovely Ann Yu, Mayor of the municipality of Alang-alang and former 4-H Club President in Eastern Visayas. She expresses her joy that the 4-H Club Learning Hub in Eastern Visayas has come to fruition.
The youth sector is one of the Agricultural Training Institute’s focus especially in the promotion of agriculture. As support to the advancement of youth programs, ATI-RTC 8 together with the 4-H Club in Eastern Visayas saw the need of building a haven where young people can learn, interact, and hone their knowledge, skills, and attitude especially when it comes to agriculture through trainings and other extension activities.
On October 22, 2019, ATI-RTC 8 inaugurated the 4-H Club Learning Hub in Palo, Leyte. Representatives from the LGU and the Regional Field Office of the Department of Agriculture graced the activity. Also present were the members of the 4-H Club of Eastern Visayas and its past officers.
Dr. Elvira Torres, Assistant Regional Director of DA-RFO 8 assures their constant support to ATI and the 4H activities especially now with 4-H Learning Hub. As a support to the 4-H youth present, starter kits that include seeds of various crops were distributed.
ATI-RTC 8 Center Director, Ms. Hazel Grace T. Taganas, also encouraged the youth to utilize the Learning Hub as an area for them to be capacitated with the knowledge and consequently share that knowledge to fellow youth. “After all, your knowledge can’t be taken away from you, instead, you can share it to others.” She also encouraged them to wear smiles on their faces as a way of saying “yes” in every opportunity to help.
The 4-H Learning Hub will not only serve as a training venue for extension activities, consultative meetings and the like, but will also be an area for the youth to conduct knowledge sharing of best practices and success stories. The hub shall also showcase champion commodities, products, souvenir items, and memorabilia from different parts of the region.