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In 1987, Executive Order No. 116 merged the Bureau of Agricultural Extension (BAEx), the Philippine Agricultural Training Council (PATC), and the Philippine Training Centers for Rural Development (PTCRD) to form what is now the ATI.
Initially, ATI began operating with 10 training centers nationwide. After a year, the number of training centers grew to 26 with the birth of nine Regional Training Centers (RTCs) and seven Farmers’ Training Centers (FTCs). In 1989, the number of training centers rose to 41 to include more FTCs, Regional Fishermen’s Training Centers (RFTCs), and the International Training on Pig Husbandry (ITCPH).
In October 2004, the two ATI offices in Pili, Camarines Sur and Guinobatan, Albay merged to unify, streamline, and refocus training and extension services in the Region.
Today, ATI-RTC5 is one of the 16 RTCs nationwide. It is based at the Bicol University College of Agriculture and Forestry (BUCAF) Compound in Guinobatan, Albay.