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These are our blogs -- a compendium of our reflections about extension work in agriculture and fisheries, about things happening around us as agricultural extension workers.
We might say that the 9th National Convention of the Devolved Agriculturists of the Philippines, Inc. (DAPI) held May 13 to 15, 2009 at Villa Caceres Hotel in Naga City was punctuated by announcements… some were good, some very good, and a few not so good. Before the Opening Program, the Master of Ceremonies, the Ms. Zeny Marcos of Region 12, announced the happy news that a mobile phone left by a delegate from Region 1 inside a tricycle was returned by the honest tricycle driver. That brought out applause from the participants. Mr. Frank Mendoza, City Administrator of...
Considered as the training arm of the Department of Agriculture (DA), it is but a public knowledge that the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) is tasked to harmonize all training activities which are agricultural by nature (yes, aquaculture included). Its 16 Regional Training Centers (and one center for swine sensibility through ITCPH) sprawled across the country indicates its conscious effort to deliver extension services to its farmer-clients and extension workers. Enter the 21st Century. The Institute this time was...2
Promoting e-Learning is a daunting task considering that each coordinator has to cover a wide area in their respective regions. That's why every help we can get goes a long way. Recently we have eleven new enrollees from our region, thanks to the help of Ms. Techie G. Pagunsan. She's an Agricultural Technician (AT) & Information Service Specialist (ISS) of the Techno Gabay (TG) center of Calbayog City, Samar and a graduate of the Abaca Production e-course during its test run. Ms. Pagunsan's zest for e-Learning could be credited to Ms. Adela P. Ocenar the City Agriculturist of Calbayog,...4
Something that other regions would surely not envy, typhoon-prone Bicol Region once again weathers a severely wet (read: rain, lots of it) environment. It started a week ago with mild-to-heavy downpour gradually building up as low-pressure areas were spotted over some parts of the country. I took outside and let stand under the rain a six-inch wide, three-inch deep plastic container, and in about an hour it was filled with rainwater. That’s how heavy the downpour was the lasted for five days. We thought it was the time-honored Agua de Mayo passing us by. By Friday evening (May 1 – thankfully...
When ATI-CO had formally demystified ATI-RTC 7 sometime in April 2008, a lot of concerns cropped-up to the minds of those who were present (both my co-personnel and a handful of Agricultural Extension Workers (AEWs) in Bohol). Concerns like the viability and applicability of the e-extension program to our stakeholders. Some were skeptics but others showed enthusiasm amidst uncertainty, as change is indeed the only thing in this world which is constant. The duality of the so-called reactions was expected. Specially that the very things they've heard were new. Though computer literacy is no...7
It seems only yesterday, as the often-quoted expression goes, but that is how it does feel. In March 2008 ATI Central Office initiated a series of demystifying e-learning seminars in various ATI training centers across the country. In Region 5 (Bicol) the seminar came to be in April 2008. In hindsight, the activity was not only an eye-opener, it was also a preview to ATI’s upbeat, future-looking, information and communication technology (ICT)-based focus. Just a few months after the e-learning launch in Manila in 2007, the program even then showed strong conceptual framework, well-defined...4
To intensify our information drive on the e-Learning program of the Institute and to get more enrollees to our on-line courses, ATI 8 has tapped the Visayas State University's Radio Station DYAC to come up with radio plugs on e-Learning in English, Cebuano and Waray. The plugs will be given for airing to the different radio stations in the region through the Regional Applied Communication Officers of the Visayas Consorium for Agriculture and Resources Program who are handling agri-radio programs. Meanwhile, Mr. Dennis Boyd R. Baltazar guested DYAC's "Sibya Pamalihug" program on April 30. He...25
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. This is just the beginning, expect some more to come...3
One effective way to promote the e-Extension Program for Agriculture and Fisheries is wearing the e-Extension black shirt. That shirt has been distributed as tokens and/or souvenirs since the e-Learning component of the Program has been launched in December 2007 among the partner agencies, ATI employees (though not all Center staff have been given), and other representatives from prospective partners and guests of the ATI in its major activities. The e-Extension black shirt has been required to be worn at least once during trainings, workshops and/or gatherings of designated staff for...3