One of the core functions of the Agricultural Training Institute is the Scholarship Program
Management. The program implementation is being managed by the Career Development and
Management Division (CDMD) specifically by the Scholarships Management Section (SMS) SMS main
function is to promote agriculture among the youth and reward performance in Agriculture and
Fisheries Extension through various scholarship grants both for degree and non-degree courses
and customized trainings.

Through the years, ATI already produces number of graduates through the offered scholarship
programs, as follows:

1. Master in Public Management major in Rural Development (MPM-RD)

The program is brought into fruition by the National Convergence Initiative (NCI), DA,
DAR and DENR. Partner Institutions are Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP),
University of the Philippines, Ateneo de Manila School of Government and Xavier University.

This scholarship program is a blended learning approach combining on-line and face to face
approach offered to employees of the Department of Agriculture.

The program started last CY2012 and last batch will graduate on November 2018. This program
targeted a total of 120 graduates by CY 2018

2. Youth Empowerment through a Sustainable Program (YES)

Youth Empowerment through a Sustainable (YES) Program is a two-year ladderized training program
which aims to develop young farmers to become “agripreneurs”. The program was first piloted last
2014 and it was completed last 2016.

-A total of 265 graduated under this program.

Diploma in Agricultural Technology – Bachelor in Agricultural Technology (DATBAT)
A 2-Year Diploma in Organic Agriculture Production and Entrepreneurship leading to the
Bachelor of Agriculture Technology. The program started last 2015 and conluded last 2017.

-A total of 176 graduated under this program.

3. Youth in Agriculture and Fisheries Program (YAFP)

The Youth in Agriculture and Fisheries Program Scholarship was designed in furtherance of the
Agriculture and Fisheries Modernization Act (AFMA) Section 77.3 which mandates the Department
of Agriculture, particularly the Agriculture Training Institute (ATI) and the Philippine
Council for Agriculture and Fisheries (NAFC then), in collaboration with other concerned
agencies to expand its existing program for scholarships for degree and non-degree training
in agriculture and fisheries for capable and deserving youth, particularly the children of
smallholder farmers in order to encourage and support their studies, services and professional
careers in agriculture and fisheries.

Specifically, the YAFP Scholarship has the following objectives:
1. Encourage capable and deserving youth, particularly the children of smallholder farmers and
fishers to pursue studies and professional career in agriculture and fisheries;
2. Produce new kind of farmers who are equipped with the necessary knowledge and skills and
possess the right attitude in putting up agribusiness enterprise; and
3. Provide subsidy for their education in their chosen courses and careers in agriculture and

The program ended in CY 2013 with a total of 770 graduates.

4. Expanded Human Resource Development Program (EHRDP)
The EHRDP for agriculture and fisheries modernization was approved along the Department of
Agriculture’s mandate of providing quality education and training on science and technology to
accelerate social progress and promote total human development.

EHRDP has the following objectives:
Offer a program of continuing education for the Department Staff
Expand existing program of scholarships for degree training in national and international
institutions for deserving technical, scientific and extension workers and practitioners in
agriculture and fisheries.

The program completed last CY2014. A total of 908 benefitted from this program.

The ATI is organizing graduates of ATI scholarship programs to establish their whereabouts to
constitute harmonized management of a database of graduates. Through this, ATI can easily communicate
with an alumnus through the ATI Scholarship Program Alumni Association nationwide.

Generally, the ATI Scholarship Program Alumni Association aims to:

1. Foster camaraderie and friendship among the program graduates/alumni;
2. Create an avenue wherein program graduates can link with one another and with ATI; and
3. Build a pool of experts whom can be tapped by ATI during trainings, seminars and other
extension related activities organized by the institute;
4. Avenue to share extension best practices.


ATI Today

Extension services continue to evolve. With the challenges that extension workers and farmers face, the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) continues to explore various strategies to improve its efforts as the extension and training arm of the Department of Agriculture. In over 30 years, the ATI has celebrated various successes and learned from the lessons during hard times. Nonetheless, we are proud to be standing the test of time through the support of our partners and the clientele themselves. This is the ATI Today, more committed to bring you extension services beyond boundaries.