Agri-Extension Blogs

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.

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Dennis Boyd Baltazar   04/11/2014 - 11:45am
 Trainings for e-Extension Coordinators of ATI are always exciting because they are usually held in different venues. Recently, I have three (3) reasons to be excited: 1) it is held in Coron, Palawan, one of my wish-to-visit-place; 2) it is about blogging and photography, which is one of my most-requested-training since I became an e-Extension Coordinator; and 3) the most exciting is our resource person Mr. Jaime Ramon Paredes, the Jim Paredes of Apo Hiking Society, one of my favorite singing groups of all time.   The training was one of my best with Sir Jim sharing to us his...
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Benedict   04/02/2014 - 12:27pm
When talking of tourist spot in Mindanao, the places that come into mind usually are Davao, Cagayan de Oro City, Dakak in Dapitan City and Siargao (because of its big waves that surfing enthusiasts crave). People rarely talk about some of the beautiful places that Surigao del Sur (SDS) has. These places have not been advertized as much as those from the more-popular places and commonly known cities in Mindanao. But the lack of popularity does not necessarily mean these places from SDS pales in comparison when it comes to attractiveness and beauty. Just last week while in work assignment to...
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YovClaire Pauig   04/02/2014 - 11:46am
DISCLAIMER: Sorry to disappoint Dad, but this is not about the things you taught me. (yeah! my father’s Jim……Agsawa!) *grin* Not that I am, in anyway, ungrateful for all the lessons I’ve learned from you.  It’s just that this is some kind of a different lesson (experience) for me. *wink!* I used to write because I NEED to… until I started to write because I WANT to.  Writing for me is a very passionate, intimate way of expressing my feelings, ideas, and experiences.  It’s like pouring my heart’s content in every word and...
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nbmacario   04/02/2014 - 11:38am
“We need never be ashamed of our tears.” This is a famous quote of one of my favorite authors, Charles Dickens. Yes. I am not ashamed to cry. My work in agricultural extension has driven me to tears for a lot more times than I can count. As always, it was tears of frustration. Who would not be frustrated? I’ve been in agricultural extension for 20 years. It was not a work for the faint-hearted. Among our main clients are farmers who have deeply entrenched beliefs, values and practices. Many of them are too jaded to accept whatever we say at face value. The first time I...
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Benedict   04/02/2014 - 11:25am
Currently the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) through the Information Services Division (ISD) is conducting a rapid monitoring of the more than 500 Farmers Information and Technology Services (FITS) Centers in the country. The monitoring activity aims to assess the current status of these FITS Centers as well as to determine if these FITS Centers are still active. For every FITS center that I visit it gives me the chance to know the strategies that the FITS staff employs in order to be successful in helping those who are part of the agricultural sector. In this blog series, I will...
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Efren Macario   04/02/2014 - 11:25am
He gambled to crane his neck, turn it to the right, taking in every detail of his surroundings, exposing his head. His peripheral vision caught a movement from his left. Just as he swung his M16, he felt a sharp jab in his left rib. Before it registered to his brain what happened, he saw blood flowing from a gaping wound. He tried to move but he can’t. Just as his enemy came closer to finish him off, he shouted and woke up. With sweat in his forehead, he grabbed a glass of water and gulped. "This dream has been recurring", said Aga. His face is old, worn like a tire. His age...
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hazelgracett   04/02/2014 - 11:14am
It's a sure-fire tip for blogging. Take it from Jim Paredes. You can't go wrong with him when blogging (jimparedes.com or jimparedes.tumblr.com). B - be sure you write and consistently write. You must have the passion to write. It's the passion that makes you write well. L - link your blog with top blogs of your topic. Borrow credibility and do not forget to credit information source. This is also a way of expanding your reach. O - on the light side of writing. Write in small chunks. It is easy to swallow. Many will read you for this. G - get a following by being interesting. Announce by good...
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Efren Macario   04/01/2014 - 11:27am
I saw Mang Tino, with his wife Elvira and their 4 kids, stepping out happily from Jollibee. It's been their routine to drop at this food chain after attending church service every Thursday and Sunday. I can depict from their eyes the contentment they have. Carling, in his middle age, is on his way to his new multi cab. In it are his new purchases of seeds, fertilizers and other farm inputs, in preparation for next cropping season. I also noticed a new bicycle on top of the farm inputs. I'm sure, this is a surprise present to his only son Koykoy. Koykoy is currently enrolled in a private...
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nbmacario   04/01/2014 - 9:33am
When one is asked regarding his priorities in life, it is sometimes very easy to give a list (in order of importance). However, when these priorities collide and we were made to choose which is which, then that is when you take a hard look into your life and see which is really important. I got this feeling of being stuck in a “rock or a hard place” when I was confronted with a difficult choice – career or family. Looking at it like that, for sure, family seems the best choice for most. However, it wasn’t that simple. The career choice that I mentioned is a training that could really help...
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hazelgracett   03/25/2014 - 10:39am
"Go back and find yourself", Mr Dionisio "Dion" Pullan was told after the loss of someone dear to him. He came back to the Philippines and to the place where he used to go as a child. The place is Bangkong Kahoy Valley in Dolores, Quezon, which is 7 kilometers from the town proper. It is a block of titled land in a protected area, nesling between two mountains, the Mt Banahaw and Mt Cristobal. His great grandfather firmly told them not to sell the place, "though you bite the rock". Climbing up, he started to smell fertilizers and chemicals. Although not an...