Taposok Assures ATI’s Commitment to Empower Farmers as 2018 Gawad Saka Search Continues

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ATI OIC-Director Luz Taposok expresses her gratitude to the efforts of the Board of Judges in the Deliberation of the Top Finalists for the 2018 Gawad Saka Search. (Photo by Mr. Daniel Nilo)

DILIMAN, Quezon City – The Gawad Saka incentive program helps encourage the present and future generation to always find ways to expand their capabilities, innovate, make a mark in agriculture and continue serving as contributors of food security.

Thus, the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) Officer-in-Charge (OIC) Director Luz Taposok guaranteed the Institute’s full support in the implementation of the activity.

In the recent Presentation of Top Three (3) Finalists to the Gawad Saka National Executive Committee (NEC), Taposok mentioned that the selection and presentation of the best of the best in the prestigious annual search for outstanding farmers, agricultural practitioners, research scientists, and agricultural organizations is a grand effort that truly demonstrates how the Department of Agriculture and its attached bureaus and agencies are empowered to honor the farmers and fishers in the country.

“We know that they (farmers and fishers) deserve recognition. This is a time to acknowledge the untiring efforts of the agricultural workers to provide new interventions, and unlock the pathway to improved and sustainable Philippine Agriculture,” she remarked.

Similarly, in the Presentation of the Top 3 Finalists to the Board of Judges (BOJ), the OIC-Director reiterated that the Department has been recognizing outstanding contributions in the agriculture and fisheries sector through the Gawad Saka and will continue to do so because of the collective efforts of everyone involved in the Search.

Taposok emphasized that while every contribution in the agriculture and fisheries sector is worthy to be acknowledged, it is also important to recognize major efforts on food security.

She noted, “Every entry submitted has its own powerful story to tell – stories of struggle and success, of losing and winning, of failing and trying again.”

Taposok further explained that all submitted nominations provide an evidence of accomplishment in the journey to rural progress and sustainable development.

“We (ATI) will continue to do our part for the Gawad Saka Search, for the Department and for our farmers and fishers,” she added.

The Presentation of Top 3 Finalists to the Gawad Saka NEC and the BOJ Deliberation was held in the Rural Development Education Center last September 17 and October 9, respectively.

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