4-H National Officers Set New Goals for Next Year

4-H Club National Officers discuss their plans for next year

TACLOBAN CITY --- The Department of Agriculture (DA) is encouraging youth participation in the pursuit of sustainable development, hence for many years the 4-H Club of the Philippines has been on the scene in agriculture per se specifically in the development of rural economics of the government.To maintain its image, there is a need to continually update the plans and activities of the 4-H Club members.

Hence, the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI), being the national secretariat of the rural-based organizations in the country, concocted the idea to pool in all incumbent officers and incoming officers to further improve themselves in terms of facilitation skills and in developing innovative agricultural and livelihood projects. 

The affair, dubbed as the 4-H Club National Officers` Meeting cum Project Management Training, gathered some 25 participants composed of 16 regional 4-H Club presidents, four representatives from the DA-Regional Field Office VIII and another five representatives from the ATI Regional Training Center VIII. 

A turn-over ceremony was held with the new set of officers accepting the responsibilities from the previous administration. Also, they discussed issues and concerns arising from each regions and arrived with acceptable solutions. Besides this, the officers came up with an action plan on the directions to be taken in the next coming years after assessing the performance of the former officers and reviewed the livelihood repayment guidelines for the members. A 4-H identification card has also been proposed to the body.

To further expose the new officers to the recent program of the DA on organic farming, they visited the Villaniza`s one-hectare jackfruit farm at Barangay Valencia in Ormoc City.

The 4-H Club meeting was done last August 22 to 24, 2012 at the Ritz Tower Hotel in this city. (with reports from Alicia Rose D. Nebreja/ Ivan Robin M. Limjap, photos from Nervill John M. Alvaro)