ATI’s e-Extension Program Goes on Line in ASIST

LAGANGILANG, ABRA. State Universities and Colleges (SUC) are one of Agricultural Training Institute’s (ATI) partners in providing extension services to the agriculture and fisheries sector. The establishment of e–Extension Program particularly its e–Learning component opened another door of collaboration between ATI and SUCs. The e–Extension Program aims to build a network of institutions that provides a more efficient extension modality that is complementary to traditional extension systems for agriculture, fisheries and the natural resources sectors through the use of information and communication technology or ICT.

Today, many SUCs continue to develop, and adopt e–learning as a complementary method of instruction. Taking advantage of this, the ATI aims to foster partnership with SUCs by making the e-extension program, particularly the e–learning component, available to students and faculty members under the fields of agriculture, fisheries, and natural resources.

The Abra State Institute of Sciences and Technology (ASIST), in response to the ATI’s earlier invitation, gathered its agriculture students and faculty members at the ASIST main campus in Lagangilang, Abra on November 28, 2018 for a briefing on the ATI’s e-Extension Program. During the briefing, the overview of the e–Extension Program, including the Farmers’ Contact Center, e–Trading and e–Learning components, was discussed. This was followed by a demonstration on the actual navigation of the website. Aside from the e-Extension Program, a briefer about the ATI was also presented.

ASIST Extension Director Dr. Zarina Mariannette B. Orejudos, described the activity as “a new horizon” for both ASIST and ATI. She further assured the ATI that they will work for the inclusion of the e-Extension Program in the school activities of the Bachelor of Science in Agriculture (BSA) course. Aside from faculty members, 57 BSA students joined the activity. (By Resley Ann G. Sumedca)