SAN PEDRO, Pagadian City – In connection with the celebration of ATI’s 32nd Anniversary, the Agricultural Training Institute-Regional Training Center IX (ATI-RTC IX) launched the programs on “Green Lanes: Road to Greener Cities” and “Adopt an Urban Community for a Healthy Family”.
These two programs were an initiative of the center to help the displaced community of San Pedro, Pagadian City to build resiliency to the impacts of climate change. Barangay San Pedro was chosen as the recipient since they were also victims of a fire last 2015.
For this activity, the target audience was the selected pupils of the San Pedro Elementary School.
Before the proper program had started, ATI-RTC IX team found a way to entertain the pupils through question and answer, and also to set the atmosphere into a comfortable one. Later, the guests have arrived and the program had officially started.
The activity was opened by Mr. Dionisio L. Sumampong, Brgy. Captain of Brgy. San Pedro and was followed by an inspirational message by Ms. Alicia Rose D. Nebreja, OIC-Center Director of ATI-RTC IX. And the highlight of the activity was the discussion of “Urban Gardening” by Mr. Elias Nayal, Training Specialist I of ATI-RTC IX, and a hands-on activity on “Container Gardening” by Mr. John Arries C. Lim, 4H Club Regional President of Zamboanga del Sur.
It was their first time to attend a seminar similar to this. During the discussion, the pupils were taught about the importance and benefits of growing their own garden. Seeing their expression, the team could tell their curiosity on urban gardening.
After the lecture was the hands-on activity on container gardening. Mr. Lim had a short talk on his topic and showed some examples of his works, which were the recycled containers for plants. The pupils were all amazed and were eager to learn how to do it. They were then grouped and they started the activity simultaneously, with the help of ATI 9 facilitators.
They had successfully completed the activity and their containers were also planted with different crops. They were really proud of their outputs. They also have promised to take good care of their plants as well.
The activity was ended with a feeding program. And throughout the whole day activity, the pupils were really lively, very confident, and were all participative.
This activity was made possible in partnership with Brgy. San Pedro and City Agriculture Office (CAO). It was conducted last January 30, 2019, at Barangay San Pedro, Pagadian City, and has a total of fifty (50) participants.