Feature Stories

Over the years, ATI has observed and documented success stories among its clients as a result of its Extension programs. These success stories are living proof of the Institute’s undying effort to provide an improved and proactive extension service to the agriculture sector.


Sometimes it only takes a simple project, a chance meeting, or maybe, running into an unknown word to ignite an interest that may guide a student into the future. With a kilo of cooked adlai, molasses and molds and a passion for research, a young student shows that a grade seven is not too young to become a scientist. When it comes to being scientist, 11 isn't too young. Just ask Nicolle Laarni...
Even as a little kid, his greatest ambition is to become a renowned doctor but he found his wealth in farming. Packed with adventure and adversity, Mr. Michael Dacles, is a living testament to persistence, hard work and power of hope. Today, he is considered the champion “sili” grower in Mansalay, Oriental Mindoro for being one of the suppliers of chili pepper in the province and remarkably...
“Extension service is not about money. It’s about working and helping others to achieve their success. Recognition is just a bonus.” This is the statement of Mr. John G. Belamide, an Agricultural Extension Worker (AEW) of Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro and 2014 National Winner for Agri-Pinoy Rice Achiever’s Award in AEW Category. Humble Beginning
Success is not how much you learn, but in never stopping to learn.” she started. Nanette M. Rosales came from a poor family. She said that she would not be able to finish her study if she did not pass the scholarship from the Coconut Producers Federation (COCOFED), Inc. She experienced a lot of difficulties that somehow discouraged her to pursue her study. But as a woman with strong faith,...
“Life was hard. There is no money in farming.” This was the first perception in life of Junie Manga, 28, a youth, Local Farmer Technician and palayamanan cooperator in Sofronio Española, Palawan. Junie, at young age, experienced the difficulties in life. Being born to a poor big family of peasants, he did not see a bright future in farming. “Ever since I remember, my father has been a farmer....
The town of El Nido has always been known for its magnificent and breathtaking white-sand shores, hidden lagoons, coral-crusted reefs, mysterious caves, lush forests, and towering cliffs, but behind the pristine beauty of El Nido is Brgy. Manlag where a wide and productive vegetable farm of Jonie Fernandez, a determined and hardworking Magsasakang Siyentista can find. Venturing into vegetable...