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Vic Thor Palarca   03/04/2014 - 11:19am
Obviously, this would be my first blog having been officially signed last February 10. My OCW years are now behind me as of real time. It was good while it lasted and that I will look back the three dreamlike years with fondness and gratitude specially the wonderful people I have worked and forged friendship with whom I will probably never meet again. I have to say “dreamlike” and in a good way because I have never imagined the opulence, the experience and the privilege that came along my way. To be in Doha is like a dream and jetting to one’s home country is the point where...
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nbmacario   03/03/2014 - 4:42pm
Thinking outside the box is not just a cliché. In this instance, it is very much Sir Dion’s mantra. Mr. Dion Pullan, has created a new product from a what was generally regarded by his neighbors as “weeds”. Wild Raspberries or wild berries and locally known as  “Sampinit” are often regarded as weeds in the Philippines. That is because it grows without any fertilizer and easily dominates the area. It is a perennial plant, a shrub that is thorny and is often just cut or burned by  farmers. To children living in mountainous areas  however, it...
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hazelgracett   02/03/2014 - 2:07pm
In our 2013 highlights of accomplishment I wrote, "Super-typhoon Yolanda may have stripped us of the fruits of our labours but not our commitment to make a difference in the lives of our stakeholders and to help our region rise from the shambles.  It may have washed out landmarks of our successes but not our learning and experiences we shared with fellow extension agents, farmers and fishers, women and youth". We have to start again. There is no reason to quit nor to be slothful not even to procrastinate. There's much to be done if we want a better tomorrow. The future still...
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primalou   12/10/2013 - 7:05pm
Well, hello there.   It’s been a while since I wrote here, for a number of unavoidable reasons – preparing for and making that life-changing decision, retirement.   It seems only a day ago when I was submitting my application letter for a job with my first employer, the Department of Science and Technology in Legazpi City. I remember pretty well what I said there – I wanted to know the dynamics of working in the government. My parents both were working in the government as far back as I can remember. It was an extension of my respect for...
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Efren Macario   11/29/2013 - 8:52am
As dawn breaks, amidst the pounding rain, my Boss (fondly called Doc Lit) and I stepped in the waiting van that will take us to the lair of the 4 rebel commanders who have returned to the folds of law:Kumander Ismael, Kumander Benjie, Kumander Saidumar and Kumander Limbona. We are going there to assess their farms which ATI is funding as a Learning site for organic production of rice and vegetables. As if by coincidence, we never informed our wives of our destination for the place is known as a “no man's land”. We reached the 15IB headquarters (also known as Molave Warriors)in...
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Meitats Piquero...   11/19/2013 - 1:43pm
I am just being reminded to have this blog title with the book that I’ve read written by Fern Michaels, where she explored the dynamics of one extraordinary family, the complex bond between mother and daughter, and the transforming power of the loves we find, the loves we lose, and the ones we carry with us always--no matter where life takes us. Of course, I will not be talking about the book here, instead; I am just borrowing the title for her credits because I am amazed with it – just that! My latest official travel cum adventure as I may say (since, while we are working, we...
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nbmacario   10/18/2013 - 11:02am
I had apprehensions in meeting with professors of Central Mindanao University- College of Agriculture. We invited them to attend a Seminar-Workshop for the purpose of integrating Organic Agriculture concepts and practices into their curriculum. We also presented to them the e-Learning program of the Department of Agriculture hoping that they may be able to use it as an alternative delivery mechanism in teaching the various technologies and practices especially in organic agriculture. It is a known fact that academicians have a different way of looking at things compared to us practitioners....
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Meitats Piquero...   09/23/2013 - 11:50am
The organic agriculture bloggers’ event is not just one of the ordinary activities hosted by the Knowledge Products Management Division of the Agricultural Training Institute. The activity being held nearing towards the week-end is simply unique because most of the participants are private bloggers and or had day jobs to attend to. Thus, the schedule is framed accordingly in order to suit their availability. From my previous blog, we had visited a number of organic agriculture farms around Negros Occidental. There, a lot of experiences chronicled by us (both ATI and private bloggers)...
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Meitats Piquero...   09/16/2013 - 2:52pm
It is but common to us that in every endeavour we aspire for, we wanted to have huge, big and or an enormous result or impact. Thus, it is as well given, that only a few thrived because most of them failed. When the Knowledge Products Management Division of the Agricultural Training Institute hosted the 3rd Organic Agriculture Bloggers’ Event last September 5-8, 2013 at Bacolod City, I am among of the privileged few from the institute that was given the opportunity to be with in this activity (though, I was supposedly one of the two (2) ATI Bloggers chosen to attend the first event at...
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hazelgracett   09/16/2013 - 2:17pm
It is like the law of echo. It is like a kickback from a kick. Sometimes we get much more because we also get the interest from what we deposited. The Rapha Valley cautioned us on what we give to our bodies. Rapha is Hebrew word for healer. Dr Albert Jo said that he named the place Rapha after the Hebrew "Jehovah Rapha" or "God the Healer". The place is in Don Salvador Benedicto, Negros Occidental. Dr Jo advocates healing through healthy lifestyle. Since food affects what we are, we need to be extra careful of what goes into our bodies. A medical practitioner turned...