ATI Reviews its e-Extension Program, KM Initiatives on Extension

the e-Extension Coordinators from the ATI Network of Training Centers

LAOAG, Ilocos Norte -- The Agricultural Training Institute, the lead implementing agency of the Department of Agriculture's e-Extension Program for Agriculture and Fisheries, gathered once again its e-Extension Coordinators for their yearly assessment and planning workshop.
 
Being the Institute's sixth workshop since the e-Extension Program was launched in 2007, this year's activity has been entitled 6th S.E.N.S.E. Knowledge Management for Extension Assessment and Planning Workshop. SENSE refers to the workshop's theme "Season's End, New Scenes Emerge."
 
The workshop, which used to be focused solely on the implementation of the e-Extension Program, has evolved into a far greater endeavor to cover the other Knowledge Management (KM) related activities of the Institute. These include the School-on-the-Air Program, the commodity-based campaign for organic agriculture, rice and corn and the recently turned over Techno Gabay Program. As added functions of the e-Extension Coordinators of the ATI Network of Training Centers, these activities have already been incorporated into their work plans.
 
Main objectives of the activity were to give an update on Knowledge Management (KM) activities as well as strengthen the monitoring and evaluation of the program. Furthermore, the e-extension coordinators also presented their KM-related accomplishment reports for 2012 and prepared their Work and Financial Plans for 2013 and 2014. With the inclusion of KM-related activities for extension, new strategies where formulated for funding and collaborations specifically for the Techno Gabay Program.
 
Also on hand during the assessment and planning workshop was a teambuilding activity for e-Extension coordinators that included side trips to Ilocos Norte’s tourist destinations such as the Bangui Wind Mills, Kapurpurawan Rock Formation and Laoag Sand Dunes. 
 
The activity was held last November 12 to 16, 2012 at the Fort Ilocandia Hotel in this province.