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

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.

 
The mid-year assessment and planning workshop was held at The Oriental Hotel, Baras, Palo, Leyte on July 22-26, 2013.  It was participated in by 144 men and women of ATI CO and RTCs, to wit:
 
   Male  Female  Total
CO   3  19  22
CAR  6  1  7
I  4  5
 II  2  7  9
 III  3  6  9
 IV-A  3  4  7
 IV-B  4  3  7
 V  4  9
 VI  3  6  9
 VII  1  6  7
 VIII  7  2  9
 IX  5  3  8
 3  4  7
 XI  2  5  7
 XII  3  6  9
 CARAGA  3  4  7
 ITCPH  1  1  2
   57  87  144
ATI Personnel
 

Why the need to assess?

Assessment is a continuous quality improvement and review process, which aims to:
 
1. determine the progress and efficiency of its programs and activities implemented for the 1st semester; and
2. find out whether the results of the institute's public spending are focused on achieving its deliverables and outputs.
 

Why the need to plan?

Results from the assessment can provide insights on what steps to do next as well as help the management in aligning its plans and activities for the next implementation. Specifically it is hope that the Institute will be able to:
 
1. achieve the targets set for the second semester; and
2. set strategies and measures for the implementation of the remaining activities
  

Day 1 (July 22, 2013)

 Participants from the different RTCs and CO arrived and billeted at the hotel. Participants registered after taking their lunch. 
Opening program with Dr. Anthony V. Israel, Dir. Antonio G. Gerundio, Dr. Paulino T. Cabahit & Dr. Asterio P. Saliot   
The activity started with an opening program, which was graced by the Regional Executive Director of DA-RFU 8 Director Antonio G. Gerundio, CESO III who shared the state and challenges faced by agricultural extension in the region.  ATI-RTC 8 Center Director Paulino T. Cabahit acknowledged the guests and participants.  Among the guests was Region 8 RAFC Chairperson Mr. Edgardo C. Codilla.  ATI Director Asterio P. Saliot gave the message.  He underscored that the unified assessment and planning workshop hopes to have a common understanding between and among the focals of the different programs and the management (RTCs & CO) on the policy direction of the Institute.  He said that all assessments in the future will not be by program but by this manner and hinted that the next assessment may take place at the new RDEC building of ATI.  He told the body that Secretary Alcala has directed the Heads of DA Divisions and attached agencies to either spend or obligate 90% of the allotted budget by the end of August 2013 and 100% spent by the end of September 2013. He emphasized that the last quarter of the year is spent for planning for next year's activities. 
 
The Fellowship Night followed after the opening program where the participants were entertained by the An Balangaw (The Rainbow) Performing Arts Group of UP Tacloban who performed indigenous dance and music of the region.
 The An Balangaw Performing Arts Group
  

Day 2 (July 23, 2013)

The day started with Director Saliot presenting the policy directions of the Institute for the CY 2014. 
 Dr. Asterio P. Saliot, Director IV of ATI imparting the CY2014 Policy Directions
 
 It was followed by the presentation on Musts in ATI Governance: Anchoring Extension Programs Against the Philippine Development Plan and Social Contract with P-Noy to Perk Up ATI Operations prepared by ATI DAP scholars RTC 6 Center Director Allan V. Alimodian, EPPD Chief Renato B. Dela Cruz, and KPMD OIC Chief Ms. Antonieta J. Arceo who presented the paper.
Ms. Antonieta J. Arceo presenting Musts in ATI Governance  
Workshop 1 followed, which was on Formulating the ATI Results Matrix in Support to the Philippine Development Plan and P-Noy's Social Contract. Focal persons were grouped according to their commodity programs, while the rest, according to zone (Luzon, Visayas & Mindanao). Two group outputs were presented and critiqued.
Workshop 1  
Ms. Rose Ann P. Leonor presented the Issues on Inter/Intra Division Relationships Based Monitoring and Evaluation, which drew comments and suggestions. 
 
Assistant Director for Admin and Finance Dr. Evelyn Aro-Esquejo, CESO IV presented Making Results-Based Management Work: Sharpening Roles and Responsibilities in ATI's Extension Program Planning, Implementation, Monitoring and Evaluation
Dr. Evelyn Aro-Esquejo presenting Making Results-Based Management Work  
Workshop 2 followed after, which was on Desired Roles and Responsibilities in Extension Program Planning, Implementation, Monitoring and Evaluation. Groupings of focal persons were the same; however the others were grouped according to their function in the Institute (Management, Budget, Accounting, etc.) Another two groups presented their outputs, which were given comments.
Workshop 2  

Day 3 (July 24, 2013)

The whole day was devoted to two workshops on Desired Results-Based Monitoring and Evaluation Framework (workshop 3) and Consolidation of the 1st Semester Physical and Financial Performance Report (Workshop 4). Selected groups presented their outputs for Workshop 3 while all groups presented their outputs for workshop 4.  Plenary discussion followed every presentation.
  

Day 4 (July 25, 2013)

Presentation of Workshop 4 outputs continued on Day 4. 
 
After the plenary for Workshop 4, Mr. Rico Pietro M. Omoyon, owner of Milea orchard and bee farm, and member of Spread Organic Agriculture in the Philippines (SOAP) lectured on the importance of bee in agricultural development.  He also shared how he started his bee farm business.
Mr. Rico Pietro M. Omoyon presenting To Bee or not To Bee  
After the lecture, the ATI Overall Accomplishment Report for the 1st semester of 2013 was shown through a video.  This was followed by reports on ATI's financial accomplishment by Ms. Marlene Pintac, OIC-Budget Officer who presented the state of disbursement and absorptive capacity of the Institute, and by Ms. Joymarie Estonilo, Accountant who focused on the Disbursements vis-a-vis Monthly Cash Program, Notice of Cash Allocation and Obligations.  Queries on the reports were entertained.
Ms. Marlene Pintac & Ms. Joymarie Estonilo presenting the ATI's financial accomplishment for the 1st semester of 2013  
AFD OIC Chief Ms. Editha Vinuya presented the Performance-Based Incentive System (PBIS) specifically on the implementation of the Performance Based Bonus.  CAO OIC Chief Dr. Vilma Patindol presented the project brief on Capacity Building of Small Farmers in Entrepreneurship Development and Market Access, which is piloted in 11 sites in Nueva Vizcaya and in 10 sites in Nueva Ecija.
Ms. Editha Vinuya & Dr. Vilma Patindol delivering their presentations   
In the afternoon learning experiences of different foreign training recipients were presented. First to present was RTC-2 Center Director Renato Maguigad on their Executive Study Tour of the Coop Extension Services in the USA. Other Center Directors who joined the tour were: Dr. Arlene Flores of RTC-CAR; Mr. Pat Andrew Barrientos OIC of RTC-4B; Mr. Efren Sabularse of RTC-5; and Dr. Carolyn May O. Daquio of RTC-7.
RTC-2 Center Director Renato Maguigad sharing their learnings during the Executive Study Tour  
Ms. Maria Lydia Echavez of RTC 10 shared her learnings from the Training Course on Members Promotion and Participation for Solution of Cooperative Challenges in Indonesia
Ms. Maria Lydia Echavez of RTC 10 sharing her learnings from Training Course on Members Promotion and Participation for Solution of Cooperative Challenges in Indonesia   
Ms. Sherylou Alfaro of RTC-4A followed in sharing on the Effective Microorganisms (EM) Technology and Kyusei Nature Farming in Thailand. Fellow participants were: Ms. Elsa A. Parot (CO); Ms. Nemielyn P. Pangilinan (CO); Ms. Theresa Aurora B. Cosico (CO); Ms. Rosabel C. Lubguban (CO); Ms. Imelda M. Guillermo (RTC 2); Ms. Claris M. Alaska (RTC 2); Ms. Marites P. Cosico (RTC 4A); Ms. Vivien B. Carable (RTC 5); Mr. Dalmacio L. Pajanustusan (RTC 8); Ms. Neddie M. Jumawan (RTC 9); and Dr. Marylyn C. Opolentisima (RTC 12).
Ms. Sherylou Alfaro of RTC-4A sharing her learnings on the Effective Microorganisms (EM) Technology and Kyusei Nature Farming in Thailand  
Mr. Dalmacio Pajanustan of RTC 8 was the last to share on Rice Technology Transfer Systems in Asia.  He attended the training in South Korea.
Mr. Dalmacio Pajanustan of RTC 8  sharing his learnings Rice Technology Transfer Systems in Asia  
Another plenary session was done to iron out other issues and concerns for smooth implementation of remaining activities for the second semester.
 
The Closing Program began with the presentation of synthesis in video.  This was followed by the giving of impressions by Ms. Emelia Gadaingan of RTC-11, Ms. Mary Ann Ramos of RTC-6 and Mr. Maximino Aromin of RTC-CAR.  The common thing appreciated was the gathering of all focal persons, which became a reunion to many.  In her response Dr. Vilma Patindol shared what she gathered from the overall evaluation of the activity and the agreements made. 
Impressions given by Ms. Emelia Gadaingan of RTC-11, Ms. Mary Ann Ramos of RTC-6 and Mr. Maximino Aromin of RTC-CAR. Dr. Vilma Patindol gave her response to the impressions  
Dr. Evelyn Aro-Esquejo gave the closing message.  She thanked everyone for their participation and cooperation and commended RTC-8 for a job well done in hosting the activity.
Dr. Evelyn Aro-Esquejo giving her closing message   

Day 5 (July 26, 2013)

Participants had their tour to the San Juanico Bridge, and Sto. Niño Shrine and Museum.  After which, they departed to their respective places.