Conveying high support and appreciation to the initiatives and efforts on food security, Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) OIC-Director Luz Taposok recently graced various activities in Iloilo and Aklan which include the project launch of Gulayan sa Paaralan in Libo-on Elementary School; Climate Resilient Agriculture (CRA) Project and Distribution of Livelihood Kits to Farmers in Barangay Gegacjac, Passi City; Palayamanan Plus Project in Barangay Cabatanga, Makato; as well as the Awarding of Grants to 17 Youth Empowerment towards Sustainable (YES) Program Scholars; and Awarding of Certificates as Learning Site (LS).
During the Launching of Gulayan sa Paaralan in Libo-on Elementary School in Dingle, Iloilo, Dr. Taposok commended the students and the teachers for their active promotion on vegetable/herbal/organic gardens in their respective areas and making agriculture a part of their everyday lives.
The OIC-Director is hopeful that this undertaking will be shared to many other schools. “The Gulayan sa Paaralan in Lib-on, I’m sure will serve as a model to other schools in nearby barangays. It is our hope at ATI that many of them will follow your footsteps,” she remarked.
The launching activity is an offshoot of the successful project in Tagbac Elementary School, Oton, also in Iloilo.
Likewise, during the Launching of CRA Project and Distribution of Livelihood Kits to Farmers in Barangay Gegacjac, Passi City, Dr. Taposok is grateful to the assistance of different agencies and local government units in Region VI to establish resilient agriculture communities.
She asked for the full cooperation of the beneficiaries of the project to mitigate the adverse effects of climate change most especially in country’s food security.
In the Launching of Palayamanan Plus Project in Barangay Cabatanga, Makato, Aklan, Dr. Taposok urged the farmers to apply the good practices they have learned through the Farmers Field School and consequently adapt the intensified rice-based production system employing new technologies to promote diversification, intensification and integration of different farming components.
Meanwhile, in the Awarding of Grants to 17 YES Program Scholars, Dr. Taposok reiterated the need for more young bloods to be part of the agricultural fabric and to fill up the shoes of the ageing farmers.
She expressed, “You are our hope in helping out hungry stomachs, in securing food in every Filipino family, in helping cease war in conflict areas due to extreme hunger.”
Finally, as the OIC-Director led the awarding of LS Certificates to Mr. and Mrs. Militante, she urged everyone to act as partners of the government in addressing several agricultural problems in the society. She as well thanked the couple for collaborating with ATI in providing practical avenues for agri-skills development and consequently inspiring the youth to engage in farming.