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Bicol Region

ATI-Bicol holds midyear review cum staff development activity

CALABANGA, Camarines Sur -- The Center management, middle managers as well as rank-and-file employees took part in a two-day seminar featuring midyear review of program accomplishments, and training management updates.

The seminar, held July 14 and 15, 2014 also included teambuilding activities, socials and farewell party for Executive Order No. 366 retirees, was unexpectedly cut short with the onslaught of typhoon Rammasun (Glenda) in the Bicol Region on July 15th.

ATI-Bicol sponsors first-ever Bicol 4-H youth camp

LIGAO CITY, Albay -- Gathering together over a hundred 4-H members and their mentors from all over the Region, the 2014 Bicol 4-H Youth Camp emphasized the theme, “Youth empowerment for food sufficiency and sustainability.”

Bicol 4-H youth camp: participants' impressions

Rey Rubeso (Masbate)

I really feel the essence and value of good camaraderie within and throughout the group. This Bicol 4-H youth camp emphasized also collaborative approaches. The management actually did their best, they were approachable, and the resource persons were very informative, giving efficient and effective information. Their discussions allowed for rationalization and internalization of the topics being discussed. however, all the learning that we had would be useless if we will not apply them to real life situation.

Mayllane Vega (Catanduanes)

Cooperation stressed during new ATI-Bicol building inauguration

PILI, Camarines Sur -- As ATI-Bicol Director Efren Sabularse said, “We want to work hand-and-hand with those involved in developing and making agriculture move in the countryside. We can only do that with the help of our partners”.

Forum of nutrition communicators in Bicol mark National Year of Rice

DARAGA, Albay -- A forum on healthy rice preparations attended by 35 members of the Nutrition Communication Network (NutriComNet) in Bicol, including mass media practitioners, highlighted the National Year of Rice celebration.

Held May 3, 2013 at Alvi’s Albay Café in Daraga, Albay, the forum tackled salient aspects of rice led by discussants representing various sector stakeholders. Present were Arlene Reario, Regional Director of the National Nutrition Council (NNC) in Bicol, and Dr. Alejo Aralar of the Department of Health (DOH).

Sorsogon wild fruit “hagis” sought by researchers and TV host

SORSOGON CITY -– Two groups of visitors with different purposes recently sought a wild fruit locally called hagis. The fruit caught the attention of university researchers and GMA-7 TV Host Jessica Soho who both looked for endemic fruits that are becoming extinct and are found mostly in the Province of Sorsogon.

Greenhorn organic vegetable farmer no more: the Estrella “Butch” Rosal Story

“When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.”

This Buddhist proverb comes to mind listening to Estrella “Butch” Rosal look back on how she started growing vegetables. “It was a two-hour weekly seminar, and then Dex was our teacher… Our group planted watermelon, the other groups planted tomatoes, eggplant, local cucumber, and cauliflower sa Kawa-Kawa.”

Director Saliot Officiates Laying of Time Capsule at ATI-Bicol

GUINOBATAN, Albay -- A new home for ATI in Bicol. This was foremost in everyone’s mind as they weathered the full-blast noonday heat during the ceremonial ground breaking and lowering of the time capsule on April 16, 2013. The event marked the start of construction of the ATI building in San Agustin, Pili, Camarines Sur.

ATI-Bicol teams up with Heifer International and Don Bosco

GUINOBATAN, Albay -- Private-public sector partnership is one of the key elements of the AgriPinoy strategic framework. Taking this to heart, ATI-Bicol links up with two partners from the private sector – Heifer International and Don Bosco Agro-Mechanical Training Center – with the aim of putting resources together with each to build capabilities of agriculture stakeholders in their respective communities.

Initial activities were agreed upon during meetings with each on February 7th and 21st this year, respectively.

ATI-Bicol meets with Civil Society Organizations and AFEN

GUINOBATAN, Albay -- ATI as apex agency for agriculture and fisheries (A&F) extension spearheaded the Agriculture and Fisheries Extension Network (AFEN). This year’s first quarterly meeting of AFEN held alongside the consultations with the Civil Society Organizations (CSO) on February 16, 2012 at Balai Ko, Guinobatan, Albay.

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