ATI, TESDA and DOT: Up for Intervention

ATI, TESDA and DOT: Up for Intervention

Maragondon, Cavite – To further accelerate the number of established farm schools nationwide, The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) orients on implementing guidelines on provision of special technical assistance for program on Accelerating Farm School Establishment (PAFSE) to farmers and fisherfolks. The guidelines will be implemented in coordination with the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) and the Department of Tourism (DOT).

 PAFSE provides access to technical vocational education and training thru farm schools to promote and achieve sustainable Agriculture and Fishery productivity and rural development. This program also grants scholarship including entrepreneurship training and financial literacy program to educate farmers on agro-enterprise aspect and to help increase productivity and income.

 On the other hand, the significant role of ATI and its accredited Learning Sites (LS), Schools for Practical Agriculture (SPAs) and Extension Service Providers (ESPs) was emphasized during the orientation. ATI is responsible for the accreditation/establishment of LS, SPAs and ESPs. Implementation mechanics on accreditation of farm learning center (Level I) and farm school (Level II) were highlighted in the program. Other guidelines and procedures on assessment and certification of graduates, schedule of costs, funding source, scholarship grant, administrative, financial, monitoring and evaluation of reports were also discussed.

TESDA representatives namely Luisita S. Dela Cruz, Regional Director (IVA) and Imelda B. Taganas, Executive Director (QSO) graced the orientation. TESDA Provincial Directors Rolando V. Dela Torre (Cavite) and Ava Heidi V. Dela Torre (OIC-Quezon) were also in attendance. Also, Mariel Celeste C. Dayanghirang, Training Center Superintendent I, and Sherylou C. Alfaro, Senior Agriculturist, both from ATI IV-A, participated in the activity. Private sectors and some ATI IVA LS, SPAs and ESPs including Cortijo de Palsabangon Farm, Park and Restaurant, Morningside Farm, Ka Mulong’ Farm, Mang Viani’s Farm, GK Hiyas ng Maynila Integrated Farm and Ulango Farmers’ Organization were also invited.

The Regional Orientation on Farm Schools was held in Terra Verde Eco Farm Inc., Maragondon, Cavite on March 15, 2017. Terra Verde Eco Farm Inc. is a Regional ESP of ATI IVA.