Musings & reflections of my experiences as a Knowledge Management Program Coordinator

It isn't Null but it's Boyd

Count it Right, Do Them Right

The Philippines is hit by typhoons at an average of 20 per year. Every time a major typhoon hits, damage cost amounts to millions, sometimes even billions of pesos. Previously this would not even make me think twice, just take in the news and move on. But recently with Typhoon Nona, reports about cost of damage particularly in agriculture made me think twice and ponder, “Are they really assessing the damage right?” 

Value for Money, Shopping for Health

Inspired by an extension activity designed to curb obesity implemented by the Cornell University Cooperative Extension (CUCE) in New York City, ATI-RTC 8 implemented a similar activity under its Organic Agriculture (OA) program to educate mothers on the value of money with the food they prepared. The activity, which took place in Calag-itan, Hinunangan, Southern Leyte on March 23, 2015 was dubbed "Value for Money: Shopping for Health".

From Devastation to Sustainable Production

Upland barangays of Ormoc City is no stranger to calamities. They experienced loss of livelihood when their abaca plants where eradicated due to “bugtok”. Then came financial losses due to typhoons, foremost of which, was Yolanda. The losses were not only to production but also to soil fertility, which contributed to the low market value of products.

It's what we do

Sir Jim: Give example of a topic for your blog...

We: Extension...

Sir Jim: Extension of what?

We: It's what we do...

Funny but this happened during our training on blogging and photography with our resource person Mr. Jaime Ramon 'Jim' Paredes of Apo Hiking Society. We were used to having resource persons who are familiar with what we do that we just assumed the rest would also know, which include Sir Jim.

Nonetheless, let me tell many others who don't know who we are and what we are.

For the second time, "accidentally"

In my blog "Life according to Jim", one of the life lessons I mentioned was 'be accident prone'. I was thinking when would it happen to me, until I read "Not Once But Twice" did I realize that it already did. Photography always fascinates me ever since I can remember. I always look for ways of improving what little I know of this craft.

Life according to Jim

 Trainings for e-Extension Coordinators of ATI are always exciting because they are usually held in different venues. Recently, I have three (3) reasons to be excited: 1) it is held in Coron, Palawan, one of my wish-to-visit-place; 2) it is about blogging and photography, which is one of my most-requested-training since I became an e-Extension Coordinator; and 3) the most exciting is our resource person Mr. Jaime Ramon Paredes, the Jim Paredes of Apo Hiking Society, one of my favorite singing groups of all time.
 

Exploring OA Practices in the Cordilleras: 2nd Bloggers’ Event for Organic Agriculture

Republic Act 10068, also known as the Organic Agriculture Act of 2010, outlines the policy to promote, propagate, develop further and implement the practice of organic agriculture in the Philippines.

ATI holds 2013 mid-year assessment and planning workshop in Leyte

 Agricultural Training Institute-Regional Training Center 8 (ATI-RTC 8) hosted this year's mid-year assessment and planning workshop of the Institute. The activity was unique since it was the first time where all focal persons of the different programs (Rice, Organic Agriculture, High Value Crops, Rural Based Organization, Corn, and Knowledge Management) convened together to assess and plan, thus making the activity as first to have a large crowd.

 

e-Extension Program in the eyes of a farmer

Recently I assisted the Regional Farm Family Forum (RFFF) in Calbayog City on May 22-23, 2013. Since ATI started conducting RFFF, orientation on e-Extension has always been a part of the affair. This year's orientation, just like in the last three (3) years, was doing well with the usual queries from the audience. However, I was taken aback when a  4-H'er from Biliran province asked, "In your own perception, do you think the e-Extension Program made significant impact in the lives of the farmers?" That was hard.

You can't teach old dog new tricks, but old AEW can teach you some

Whenever and wherever I conduct trainings on Computer-Based Data Management (CBDM), I always observed younger participants teaching older co-participants. But the latest CBDM (March 12-15, 2013) I conducted was different. I was surprised to see an old participant teaching an equally old co-participant.
 
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