PASAY CITY, Metro Manila—To enhance the skills and competence of the youth to become effective leaders, the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) conducted the "4-H Leadership and Young Farmers' Program: Binhi ng Pag-asa Summit" for 4-H Club officers from different areas across the country.
Through lectures and group workshops, the participants learned about various topics such as the use and trends in social media and the role of youth in agriculture.
One of the speakers was Jim Leandro Cano, the Philippine representative for the Young Professionals for Agricultural Development. He acknowledged the role of the 4-H Club in promoting agriculture among the youth and how the young generation can aid this sector.
"You are the ones on the ground and you are doing a very good job in terms of agriculture development. We now need to scale the work up and share it to others. Isabog natin ang binhi ng 4-H hindi lamang sa mga bukirin kundi maging sa social media (Let us spread the seeds of 4-H not only in the fields but also in social media)," Cano said as he spoke to the participants.
The three-day summit was held in line with the goals of the Binhi ng Pag-asa Program (BPP) on the promotion of agriculture and agri-preneurship among the youth. It also paved way for 4-H Club officers from the national, regional, provincial, municipal/city, and barangay levels to convene for the first time.
The federation hopes that through this activity and the BPP, they will be able to continue to grow and get support from different stakeholders.
"This summit allowed us to meet focal persons and officers from different regions. We hope that we can come up with strategies and possible partnerships so we can continue with our programs and widen our reach," Ricmel Falqueza, 4-H Club of the Philippines national president, said.
Focal persons from the ATI Central Office and regional training centers facilitated the activity held last October 27-29 at the Kabayan Hotel in this city.