MANSILINGAN, Bacolod City – The long-term development agenda of the Philippines focuses on sustainability, resiliency and the interplay of the economic, societal and environmental state of the country. This is consistent with the United Nation’s (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Relative to this, OIC-Director Luz Taposok of the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) imparted the mindset of sustainability and self-sufficiency to the participants of the Farmers and Fisherfolk’s Congress in line with the 25th Panaad Festival.
“We, in the department and in government, are here to help you sustain your needs,” she expressed.
Taposok explained, “Ang adhikain ng gobyerno at ng ATI ay tulungan ang bawat isang Pilipino na maging self-sufficient o may kakayahang magproduce ng sariling pagkain at kabuhayan.”
(The goal of the government and ATI is to assist each Filipino family to be self-sufficient or enable them to produce their own food and livelihood.)
“Hindi namin hinahangad na ibigay lamang kung ano ang mga pangunahing pangangailangan ng ating mga magsasaka at mangingisda. Bagkus, gusto namin na maging tuloy-tuloy ang pag-unlad ng buhay sa kanayunan,” Taposok added.
(We do not just aim to provide you with your basic needs, we want to have continuous progress in the lives of the people in the countryside.)
According to her, this can be done by transferring knowledge and skills on the latest agricultural technologies while also shaping the perspectives of the farmers and fishers. She further elaborated that more than provision of fundamental necessities, technical assistance is an effective means to ensure sustainability. She as well presented some programs and services of the institute.
Taposok congratulated the awardees who have made outstanding contributions in Negros Occidental and everyone who took part in the congress for sharing their talents, knowledge, information, and skills to promote the programs, projects, culture and the arts in the province as well as providing business opportunities and insights in the field of agriculture.
Moreover, the OIC-Director is thankful to the organizers of the event as it has been a platform to uphold the aim towards self-sufficiency. It was intended to celebrate the farmers’ hardwork and help them widen their knowledge and skills in the field of farming.
Among those who also graced the congress were Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon, Jr. and Provincial Agriculturist Japhet Masculino.
With the theme, “Panaad @25: The Promise Fulfilled”, the said activity was held last April 21, 2018 in Panaad Covered Court.