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- (1) Enhancing Access to A&F Knowledge Products & Services
- (2) Strengthening Competitiveness and Capacities of the A&F Sector
- (3) Expanding Partnership in Advancing Excellence in A&F Delivery
- (4) Scaling-Up AFE Innovations
- (5) Strengthening AFE Stakeholders' Capacity in Climate Change Adaptation & Readiness
- (6) Improving Enabling Environment and Quality of A&F Governance
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Elsa B. Basmayor
“'Always make your learning greater than your experience and always make your gratitude greater than your success.'
"Let me begin with this quote from the Laws of Lifetime Growth by Dan Sullivan. Let me just emphasize that even though how great your experiences may be, what matters most is the learning you get from those experiences -- which can be measured by how well you apply these to the real situations and in facing realities. At the same way, be thankful to whatever success you attain in life; always recognize the people behind your achievements.
"One of the most basic decisions we have to make in life is to improve ourselves -- personality, career, and family. But not everyone is fortunate enough to achieve all their dreams. One of the chief motivations that pushes me to pursue my graduate studies is the desire to achieve personal development, although this is not the top priority for me as a married woman.
"To be an ATI scholar is a rare opportunity and to be one, I can say that I am really very fortunate……. As a family woman and an employee, before this opportunity knocked, I was contented with my academic learning in college and wide working experiences. For quite a while, being engrossed in my role as a hands-on mother and wife, I have relegated post-graduate education from my list of priorities, but somehow I realized that I must have something to do in order not to be stuck in a box.
"From then on, the clamor to enhance my abilities as an extension worker never ceased. I wanted to take every opportunity which will further liberate my mind and imagination. Community encounter and immersion enriches my experiences but continuing education improves my cerebral capacity as well.
"I believe that lifelong learning is the route through which an individual can achieve permanent experience of fulfillment, happiness, progress and stability towards sustainable future. I also believe that we have to continually add new and exciting challenges to our life. Always observe, think and learn. Seek a better, more productive way of doing things; we have the mind to do this that makes life more interesting. It stimulates personal growth. Unless we try to go beyond what we have already mastered, we will never grow. Realize that true education never stops. Continue to develop communication and social skills. Build new friendships. Look for and take advantage of new opportunities. These I have learned while I am taking my graduate studies. Education, as we have seen, is a way of life. It’s learning how to live, not just how to make a living. It is building a character and doing what is right.
"Now, I am finished my degree in Master of Science in Resource Management major in Environmental Management at Central Bicol State University of Agriculture. I am so much grateful to ATI through the Expanded Human Resource Development Program (EHRDP) to be one of the grantees of this scholarship. Thank you and more power to all ATI officials and staffs."