Reconnecting Extension Workers thru the web: AEWs Database Launched

Aiming to get a general picture of the agricultural extension force in the country, the Department of Agriculture (DA) through the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) initiated the profiling of the agricultural extension workers (AEWs) through a web-based database.
 
This is in accordance with the goal of Republic Act 8435 or the Agriculture and Fisheries Modernization Act of 1997, where it aims to modernize the agriculture and fisheries sectors with the use of the latest information technology.

With the DA believing that it is essential for AEWs to have a computerized database on the extension force, this intends to cover all agricultural and fisheries extension personnel of the local government units, the Department and its attached agencies, bureaus as well as other departments. The database shall also be expanded to cover extension personnel of state universities and colleges, non-government organizations and people’s organizations.
 
The AEWs database likewise aims to provide a common venue to view the profile of the extension force that would allow for cross-agency participation and an electronic interface for creating, updating, storing, monitoring and referencing.  Special features of the database include log-on authentication and password as well as file maintenance and security requirements.
 
To speed up the generation of data, series of briefings on the AEWs in the regions have been conducted with the initiatives of ATI Regional Training Centers (ATI-RTC) through their e-Extension coordinators.
 
To date, there are already 1,609 registered users for the database with Regions I, X and Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) as the top three regions with most registered users. Partial results shows that Region X has the most registered users with 114 registered users while Regions I and CAR with 113 and 79 respectively. The registration of AEWs, which started last May 2010, can be accessed through www.ati.da.gov.ph/aews.   (Benedict C. Natividad)