Agri-Extension Blogs

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Meitats Piquero...   04/25/2017 - 2:02pm
The Boholano community was so saddened upon hearing Zenaida Darunday’s passing last April 9, 2017 which was also “Araw ng Kagitingan” (Day of Valor) in the Philippines. Mam Zen or Insi Zen as she is fondly called by close friends from the cross section of the society was indeed “magiting” (courageous) because she was known to be an active advocate on environmental protection and a practitioner on sustainable agriculture, biodynamic farming, homa farming, nature farming system, homeopathy, permaculture, anthroposophy, Waldorf school, organic farming, bio...
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hazelgracett   03/20/2017 - 8:54am
Like the rest of the RTCs, we aren't spared from numbers this year. We have to conduct nth times training and other extension activities. There are things to do in preparation for the ISO 9001:2015. We will be implementing a program for the 22 provinces with high incidence of poverty, and in our region, it's the province of Leyte and the three provinces in Samar Island. We have on-going rehabilitation of our facility. These make our hands full and overflowing. I like "full and overflowing". It suggests abundance and blessing. It reminds me of sharing, of taking part and of support...
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hazelgracett   02/22/2017 - 8:51am
What makes the lotus different? It remains beautiful even in the filthy water of the pond. How about the eagle? It avoids the rain by flying above the clouds. The difference spells the difference between quality and poor services. We make difference by doing service right the first time every time. We delight customer - we anticipate, meet and exceed customer requirement. We bring the best in others, count our blessings rather than our problems, thank for what we have because someone else has less, blame no one... the list goes on. At ATI-RTC 8, making a difference is still a work in...
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nbmacario   02/10/2017 - 10:32am
 I was with a group of stakeholders in agriculture. We have a half day free day and decided to do something about it. Majority went to an adventure park, our group went to a farm that is an ATI-accredited Learning Site while another group opted to just sleep and laze the afternoon away. When we all came back, we eagerly shared what we experienced. I then remembered former Governor Leo Ocampos  of Misamis Occidental telling us that if we want to get rich, we should develop money consciousness. He said that within a day, one must think and do something to improve his financial...
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Meitats Piquero...   11/07/2016 - 1:09pm
When the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) is trailblazing on the use of social media as an advocacy front of all their training and extension services – a few are adamant on the effectivity of the platform, however, many are delighted because of the usability and handiness of such. Though, social media is hitting the forefront of the worldwide web especially Facebook (FB) but the challenge of promoting our respective center’s pages is neither easy nor simple. It entails a lot of hard work by convincing them to visit, add, hit the like button, read and share. We maybe had...
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Meitats Piquero...   08/23/2016 - 3:53pm
I will not be writing about witches here as the title connotes and I will not mention my impression nor appreciation with the phenomenal song "Defying Gravity" from the musical Wicked, composed by Stephen Schwartz, which was originally recorded by Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth on May 10, 2003, and released on December 16, 2003, since the song was already a certified hit both here and abroad. But of course, I am using (with credit) the title for this blog which I found it fitted to our tasks in the Agricultural Training Institute that we sometimes had a bittersweet relationship...
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nbmacario   08/01/2016 - 8:21pm
 My cousins and friends always tell me that I am very lucky because I get to travel a lot due to my job. I am an agricultural extension worker employed at the Agricultural Training Institute whose main job function is to deliver agricultural extension services to our clients. By clients, it covers all stakeholders in agriculture. It may seem glamorous to those who are confined at their office day in and day out. But it is not as glamorous as it seems. This month, for example, I attended 4 activities in various places all over the country. I was hopping from one place to another, by bus...
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Meitats Piquero...   04/18/2016 - 2:29pm
Jiddu Krishnamurti’s quote about education touched me. He said: “There is no end to education. It is not that you read a book, pass an examination, and finish with education. The whole of life, from the moment you are born to the moment you die, is a process of learning.” These words reverberates my sanity. It may sound cliché but for me it means a lot. Krishnamurti, who was a speaker and writer on matters that concerned humankind, has a point that he wanted us to ponder. We in the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) also believed that education is a lifelong...
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hazelgracett   04/06/2016 - 3:11pm
We remember the story of a man who rode on a horse-drawn cart, settled and closed his eyes to nap for a while. He assumed that the hotel had informed the driver of his destination so he only said, "Hurry and drive fast!" Later he realized they were heading the other way. So, he asked, "Do you know where we're going?" Still driving fast, the driver yelled, "No Sir, but I'm driving very fast!" We are in big hurry these days but we are not going no-where. There are just so much to accomplish but we have to be extra-careful not to overspeed....
Pam Mappala   03/11/2016 - 4:12pm
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.    Taking the opportunity to get to know more the...