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Taposok Confers 503 Farmers as Graduates of SOA on Halal Production
COTABATO CITY - “With you, with our hands joined together, we can turn possibilities into realities. We can make the Philippines a huge part of the global Halal market industry.”
These were the words that ATI OIC-Director Luz A. Taposok emphasized during the mass graduation of 503 farmer-participants of the School-on-the-Air (SOA) on Halal Production of Small Ruminants. She stressed the need to take a leap of faith for mainstreaming the halal market industry in the country and encouraged the farmers to move out from the sidelines of our neighboring countries who already have an established halal market.
Dr. Taposok pointed out that apart from having adequate resources, the Philippines is also capable of venturing into this industry because there are now hundreds of skilled and knowledgeable individuals who are ready to take the lead in establishing halal food production in Mindanao.
“I believe that you have all decided to undertake this training because of your passion for agricultural development and food security. Continue providing food for all Filipinos regardless of religious differences,” expressed by Dr. Taposok to the farmers who undertook the four-month training.
Dr. Taposok also commended the organizers and all of the people who provided support to the said activity.
Other speakers in the SOA mass graduation include DAF-ARMM Secretary Alexander G. Alonto, Jr., who reiterated the effectiveness of radio as a distant mode of education; DA Assistant Secretary on Livestock and OIC – Director of Bureau of Animal Industry Dr. Enrico P. Garzon Jr., who discussed the major livestock programs of the government.
ATI-RTC XII Center Director Abdul I. Daya-an and Dr. Ruth M. Sonaco, National Livestock Program Focal Person and Center Director of the ATI-International Training Center on Pig Husbandry, led the awarding ceremony to the farmer-graduates and in the recognition of partner organizations.
The SOA is a four-month series of programs aired at DXMS AM every Monday from 6:30 to 7:00 PM, starting on November 14, 2016 and presented topics on halal production of goats and sheep. It is an initiative of the ATI_Regional Training Center in Region XII in collaboration with the DA-Regional Field Office, DAF-ARMM, and DA-BAI.
The farmers’ mass graduation was held last March 15, 2017 at Shariff Kabusuan Cultural Complex in Cotabato City.