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"Organikong Paghahayupan...Itaguyod at Pagyamanin!": School-on-the-Air in Organic Livestock Production
Lipa City, Batangas - For the first time, ATI-ITCPH conducts its School-on-the-Air (SOA) Program in Organic Livestock Production. The Center launched the radio program in December 16 over DWAW-AM band located in Batangas City.
Ms. Marifa Gamboa of the Office of the City Veterinary and Agricultural Services (OCVAS), Batangas City was the host for the program. The SOA was integrated in her regular radio program, "Agri-talk" which is aired every Sunday, 5 - 6 in the morning. Ms. Gamboa has two (2) partners in the program, Mr. Ramilo Lorenzo U. Ostil and Ms. Liberty O. Inciong, both Training Specialists of ATI-ITCPH. Mr. Ostil is the resource person while Ms. Inciong is the co-host.
In December, two (2) episodes were aired. The first one was about the Science of Agriculture and Foundational Aspect of Sustainable Agriculture. The second one was on Republic Act 10068 and its Implementing Rules and Regulations, and the Agri-Pinoy Framework of Agricultural Development. Center Director Alexander C. Castillo was the resource person for the second broadcast.
Before the launching of the SOA, 17 city/municipal veterinary and agricultural offices were invited to send focal persons to a meeting. Out of the 17, only 13 LGUs sent representatives. These focal persons are tasked to promote the SOA program, recruit enrollees, submit pertinent forms and documents, monitor enrollees about progress and concerns during the implementation period, and submit reports.
At the start of the program, the Center had 265 enrollees from nine (9) municipalities who were farmers, housewives, government employees, entrepreneurs and interested individuals.
ATI-ITCPH also provides P100-cellphone loads for the enrollee who answers correctly the weekly questions. Mr. Jesus Villamin of Mataas na Kahoy, Batangas was the first winner and Mrs. Virginia Gonzaga of Batangas City was the second winner. This contest is being done to encourage and maintain listenership until the end. In addition to this, there will also be monthly and grand raffle draws where enrollees could win prizes like English manuals, technical VCDs and native pigs.
The general objective of this SOA is to increase adoption of OA technologies among farmers especially the animal raisers. Specifically, it is aimed to: 1) promote OA technologies and practices; b) encourage farmers to use OA/ sustainable technologies and practices; and c) increase the number of farmers using OA/sustainable technologies/practices in livestock production - at least 30% of the graduates would adopt the technology/practices.