323 Marinduqueños graduate from SOA on Vegetable Production

In support to the Food Security Program of the Department of Agriculture, the Agricultural Training Institute in MiMaRoPa in partnership with the Office of the Provincial Agriculture (OPAg) in Marinduque successfully conducted a School-on-the-Air (SOA) on Vegetable Production dubbed as, “OMG: Oh, My Gulay”.

“During the broadcast of the program, I had difficulty listening to the airings because of poor radio frequency in our place. Hence, we requested a copy of the airings to catch up the lessons. We learned a lot in the SOA particularly in the management of pests and diseases of vegetables”, said Joan Ramito, vegetable grower of Tiguion, Gasan, Marinduque.

Ms. Virginia Recalde of Bonlico, Torrijos, Marinduque thanked ATI and OPAg-Marinduque for the timely and very relevant SOA program on growing vegetables. She was one of the listeners who received one radio unit and has clear radio signal in their place. “This kind of program saved our time and efforts because instead of going to school to learn the topics on vegetable production, we could learn it at home while doing our works, through radio”, she expressed.

The SOA program, launched on July 25, 2016, aired over 105.7 FM Radyo Natin Boac and Torrijos every Monday 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM and Radyo Kamalindig in Buenavista every Friday 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM, aimed to educate farmers on vegetable farming technologies and practices in the province. Moreover, the program designed to motivate farmers to engage in vegetable farming. The 14 topics/lessons of the program were discussed by the resource persons who are technical experts from OPAg-Marinduque.

The presence of Mr. Jose Barron Lagran, Provincial Administrator of Marinduque gave highlight and inspiration to the graduates. “For me, it is not important if you have a degree or not, what matters most are the learnings that you acquired from this program”, he said. “We have to make SOA more effective and efficient by giving one radio unit to each enrollee”, he added.

Other than the recognition given to top graduates, they also received vegetable seeds and farm tools such as shovel, rake, hand trowel, pale and sprinkler. The SOA on Vegetable Production concluded with 323 graduates on November 23, 2016 at Convention Hall, Capitol Compound, Boac, Marinduque.