Rural Women Undergo ATI's Sensitivity Training

LANANG, Davao City --- One of the priorities of the Department of Agriculture (DA) is to recognize and encourage the participation of rural women in the various programs that lead to agricultural advancement.  As the lead convenor and national secretariat of the rural-based organizations (RBOs) in the Philippines, the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) has been supporting the Rural Improvement Clubs of the Philippines (RIC) as its active partner towards this thrust for the past 77 years. 

This year, the ATI gathered the RIC coordinators and officers for a sensitivity training cum retooling to develop their personality in the holistic approach and strenghten their organization.

The training made the 25 RIC regional presidents and the new RIC regional coordinators to gain knowledge and skills in strengthening the Rural Improvement Club and also gained new insights on personality development and some leadership techniques and organizational strenghtening skills.

The resource persons such as Sarah Dominguez, HEIFER, International Training Manager and Avelina Fernandez from DA-Regional Field Office XI applied some methodologies like participatory discussions, structured learning exercises (SLEs), sensitivity sessions and commitment exercises to infuse the importance of contributing to rural economics for the country, thus easing their poverty and improving their lives. 

The three-day activity was held at Microtel Inns and Suites in this province last April 24 to 26, 2012. (with reports from Alicia Rose D. Nebreja)