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Students Go For an Overnight e-Learning Session

So we got invited to witness how ATI Regional Training Center in Calabarzon held their blended course on goat management with the students of Batangas State University – Lobo Campus. Our KM Coordinators from the ATI Training Centers are given leeway to innovate in promoting and conducting e-learning in their own respective areas. This time, KM Coordinator Dr. Rolando Maningas, (whom we fondly call Doc Olan) from ATI RTC IV-A partnered with BSU in Lobo, Batangas for their students taking up BS Agriculture and BS Forestry. 
 

Jim Paredes rocks with ATI Bloggers

I was excited then, who wouldn't be?

We were going to one of the amazing places in the Philippines -- Coron, Palawan -- and I would be tagging along my kids with me eventhough it would cost me that much, but I was so sure that it would be worth it. More so, we were able to get as resource speaker, one of my favorite artists -- Mr. Jim Paredes of the Apo Hiking Society!!!

Well, it's other than the topic that I got interested in -- it's all about blogging and photography.

We are the e-Team!

Trials in all walks of life are essential to test how we would react, but most especially on how these trials would mold us on how to be a better individual.
We may not be perfect, but as they say our imperfections make us really perfect. And for an effective teamwork to happen, the members must complement what their fellow members can do for the group, for a specific goal, more so for the successful implementation of a program / project.

OA Blogger Din Ako!

As I have been oriented on how organic farming is being practised, I am for it.

Visiting some organic farms recently convinced me that we can go back to the way things were. 
I was amazed with the food that we tasted, with the drinks they gave us. With simple preparations and without artificial seasonings, they tasted so good. That's why slowly I am doing it at home.

For years, since there are a lot of instant foods, fastfood chains available, we have been all used to it. All our children have been used to it too.

Going Back to the Basics of Farming

I am not a farmer, I did not even grow up in a farming community. But I get to learn some farming techniques when I started to work at the Agricultural Training Institute about 15 years ago (whew, that's surely a lot of learnings and realizations I should have right now).
 
At first I thought I wouldn't enjoy agriculture, the very reason why I didn't focus my elective courses in college on agriculture, but I took some agricultural economics instead. Little did I know, you wouldn't learn the economics of it if you have no knowledge on farming.
 

A Salute to the Man Behind ATIiNteractive and Philippine eExtension

We'd like to give a salute to the man who made us realized that Philippine e-Extension and ATIiNteractive possible. He made himself a part of the ATI family and pushed us to embrace change and think outside the box.  With him, we were able to push through with e-learning and expanded it further to embrace the different components of the e-Extension Program for Agriculture and Fisheries.

Finally, A Moment with SACY

SACY is what we called him when he was still with the Department of Agriculture. It stands for Secretary Arthur C. Yap, a man we have known that has high standards since we started working with him. I remember he had some frustrations with ATI as the Institute could hardly cope up with his expectations as the training and extension arm of the Department.

What we envision for the Farmers' Contact Center

As we are conducting our regional consultations for the establishment of the Farmers Contact Center, we heard from our partners in the field their various ideas, perspectives, suggestions and comments on opening a new mode of communication with our clients. Some accepted the idea, some though may have doubts if this is really possible, if we can do it, if it would be acceptable to everybody. Though the idea of this initiative is evolving, we are open to whatever will come our way and we will try to fit it if we can to whatever we do.

Thoughts of a Farmer

"When I am hungry, you call a meeting. Yet I am hungry.
You organized a team to solve my problem, still I am hungry.
The team visited my farm. Still I am hungry."
 
This was shared by ATI RTC VI Center Director Allan Alimodian (which he got from a Sri Lankan friend) when he delivered his message during the closing program of the Regional Consultation Workshop on Knowledgebase for Agriculture and Fisheries held last September 19, 2009 in Iloilo City.

The ATIiNteractive

As part of our strategy to enhance the image of the ATI, to prove that we can... the ATIiNteractive has evolved.
Our new frontend shows the different features of our site where it would just be one click away to access the main site of the ATI (the corporate site of our organization), the ATI Intranet (where internal communications happen), the ATI Webmail (our official e-mail), and most especially the e-Extension portal.

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