BAGUIO CITY - To further harmonize the pluralistic delivery of training and extension services, the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) conducted a consultative planning workshop, “Charting Directions for FY 2019” with key officials of the Department of Agriculture (DA), its regional field offices and different attached agencies.
In his marching orders, DA Secretary Emmanuel Piñol emphasized the shift to easy access financing for the farmers and fishers nationwide. He explained that provision of subsidy is not sustainable and is only a by-product of political biases.
Piñol described his principle of governance and service delivery in three steps: identifying the problem, finding solutions, and implementing solutions. According to him, one of the problems he noticed in the department is the implementation of programs without proper social preparation.
Thus, he directed ATI to prepare stakeholders through capability building on financial literacy. This is in line with his instruction to the Agricultural Credit Policy Council (ACPC) to establish provincial loan facilitation teams in the move towards easy access financing.
“Let us not make things difficult for our farmers and fishers,” Piñol said.
Moreover, he reminded the regional executive directors and agency directors to craft plans in sync with the banner programs of the department.
ATI OIC-Director Luz Taposok provided the overview and mechanics of the planning workshop. She also noted that the activity is an opportune time to collaborate and coordinate with partner agencies in the delivery of services.
During the workshop, the regional offices and agencies were likewise able to discuss and synchronize their respective regional Extension Support, Education and Training Services (ESETS). Outputs of the event were presented by the ATI OIC-Director.
The consultative planning workshop for FY 2019 was held last April 27, 2018 in the Cordillera Administrative Region.