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nbmacario   02/24/2016 - 4:35pm
 I was literally panting. As  we trekked up to the fringes of the foot of Mt. Kalatungan, we were so subdued. I glanced at my companions and understood why nobody is talking. We were all catching our breaths. Another companion later confided that he was afraid that there might be insurgents in the area as the place is really quite isolated. Me? I was just concentrating on putting one foot forward as we climb higher.  The van that we rode cannot cross one of the creeks that we need to pass through to get to our destination. We have no recourse but to walk. The sun was high but...
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nbmacario   02/19/2016 - 9:13am
 In my 20+ years with ATI (I don’t want to give the exact plus as you would do the math and peg my age), this is the very first time that an event of this magnitude has ever happened. I am referring to the grand eye ball of all ATI staff of the Information Services (IS) in the whole network. Kodus to the brains behind this very laudable activity, Ms. Niet Arceo and her staff especially Ekay who did all the legwork. Thank you also to ATI-RTC 3 for hosting the event. It’s not easy to bring together around 100 dynamic staff from all over the country. The first hurdle is of...
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Meitats Piquero...   02/12/2016 - 1:08pm
flashback… The last two (2) blog entries that I have was in March and December 2014 respectively (yes! It’s been 13 months ago that I left this space as is) – I know that being busy is not an excuse since, everybody was busy but of course we have different intensities. what matters most is that I am back! My heart cannot contain the happiness that I felt during the 1st Knowledge Management (KM) Updates last February 4-6, 2016 but at the same time besieged (sorry for the word), because of the number of representatives from our regional counterparts in the Information...
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ggacutan   01/12/2016 - 2:05pm
Last year, I told myself to find someone who can be my Mr. Jonjon Sarmiento version in region 8. Why Mr. Sarmiento? Why not? He has a big heart for organic farming, generous and an expert in his own right in practical farming. He has a nonchalant approach to teaching as if he is not and speaks from his heart, and practices and experiments in the level that fellow farmers can easily understand and emulate. Intuitively, I scouted one in every chance and opportunity that I get when I am with the farmers. Actually, I have seen three or more. But how to gather and bring them to the field, that...
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Dennis Boyd Baltazar   01/11/2016 - 4:27pm
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?”  Why am I pondering about this? The reason is, some of the farmers whom I've come to know through the course of my work with the Agricultural Training Institute...
Norma Maddalora   10/21/2015 - 5:00pm
 I am apprehensive at first.  All I thought Col. Francisco D. Millare is a military man who is difficult to approach like other military officials I have encountered.   I was wrong.  He is very approachable and a low profile person.  He is the 42nd Commanding Officer of the Philippine Army.  I met him when I and my team were tasked to document the success story of the 77th Infantry Battalion in implementing the Integrated Diversified Organic Farming System.   Despite his position, he shows enthusiasm in dealing with his subordinates and other people....
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ggacutan   07/20/2015 - 8:09pm
Okay we’re busy; we have a lot of schedule to catch up. We want to accomplish the entire target and wanted to see things are organized. Most of the time, we perform because we are bound to do it. And even if we exert all our effort to have better result, sometimes we fail. Our mind wants to fix it but our body give up. We were angered when somebody says negative about our accomplishment that results to conflict, depression, filled with anxiety, and struggling with what we felt. Why do we always fall in this kind of situation? Isn’t it because we are paid to work? Why do we go to...
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ggacutan   07/19/2015 - 7:58pm
Being one of the participants and representing the country (Philippines) for a one (1) month training course entitled Utilizing Indigenous Food Resources for Food Security in Thailand is a bit far from my expectation. When this scholarship was given to me last February, all I did is to comply because this is what the management want me to do - not thinking that it could be possible. Well, it seems that nothing is really impossible. Now, talking about the course, every country has its own indigenous food. In everyday discussion, I learned that most of the foods that Thailand utilizes are also...
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hazelgracett   07/02/2015 - 10:50am
How busy we can become and how empty. How easy to fall prey to meaningless and mindless activities that were not meant to be. It's mid 2015 and our hands are still full. If we are not careful, the monotony of things will seep in, sweeping away our creativity. Let us not loosen our guard. It is when we lose the mark of surprise, when we become predictable that we start to rut. We have to create surprises. Why not? You want to create memories this year? Innovate. Plunge into fun-filled learning. In Disneyland, we tried the hair-raising and nerve-wrecking roller-coaster rides. Why not? We can't...
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Efren Macario   06/26/2015 - 8:39pm
 I met Barry in a meeting with LGU officials and ATI Northern Mindanao representatives yesterday in Balo-i, Lanao del Norte. He is good-looking, chinky eyed, fair-skinned and had a goatee. He is silent and shy at first, just listening to the proceedings of the meeting. But when he opens his mouth, he is so charismatic that you will get hooked and try not to blink your eye, wanting more of his sharings. Even Doc Lito. My Boss was unable to contain his excitement that he claps his hands more that once, and said, “kini..! naa na tay resource person for Values (This is it. We now have...