EL NIDO, Palawan – Program convergence for the pursuit of food sufficiency continues as the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) partners with the local government unit (LGU) of El Nido in Palawan and other government agencies in Region IV-B.
OIC-Director Luz Taposok along with ATI Region IV-B Center Director Pat Andrew Barrientos recently met with El Nido Mayor Nieves Rosento for possible development programs to be done in the municipality through ATI's intervention in collaboration with the Department of Agriculture-Regional Field Office (DA-RFO) IV-B and key stakeholders particularly the Ayala Foundation Inc. represented by Ms. Chiara Cruza.
Highlights of their meeting include the conversion of 8.4-hectare land to be established as learning site and demonstration area for agriculture and fisheries. Mayor Nieves vowed to help fast track the acquisition of pertinent and legal documents needed for the transformation plan.
Taking advantage of linking with partner agencies for the agricultural development programs, projects and activities for the Province of Palawan, Taposok also scheduled a dialogue with the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Provincial Director Renato Pantaleon and Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) Provincial Director Ismael Jerry Fermo in Puerto Princesa City for possible coordinations in connection with the learning site establishment.
BFAR agreed to help develop the area with fish ponds to demonstrate good practices for inland fisheries. Likewise, TESDA committed to provide training on farm tractors/truck engines and other machineries for the NC II.
Taposok visited the target agricultural land situated in Sitio Calampinay in Brgy. Pasadeña, with the town's Municipal Agricultural Officer, Mrs. Virgie Balderas, Center Director Barrientos and Ms. Cruza.
Signing of Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) for the planned project is expected to be conducted next year with the LGUs of El Nido and the said public and private agencies.