Techno Gabay Program Officially Turned Over to DA-ATI

Techno Gabay Program Officially Turned Over to DA-ATI

MAKATI, Philippines – The Agricultural Training Institute (ATI), as the extension and training arm of the Department of Agriculture (DA), will now be the lead agency in implementing the Techno Gabay Program (TGP) initially for the management of the two components - Farmers' Information Technology Services (FITS) Centers and the Magsasaka-Siyentista (MS) or Farmer-Scientists after the formal turn-over ceremony held recently.
 
The Techno Gabay Program (TGP) was originally initiated by the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCAARRD) of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) since 1998 to promote technology dissemination and utilization guides and facilitate knowledge sharing, learning and use among extension workers and farmers. Other than the FITS Centers and MS components, the Program has components that include Information Education Communication (IEC) Materials and Information and Communication Technology (ICT).
 
With a two-year transition period, the PCAARRD started its institutionalization strategy by mainstreaming the TGP components into ATI's programs and services before it formally transferred the program to ATI. Executive Order no. 81, known as “Encouraging local government units to Adopt the Techno Gabay in their Agricultural Extension Programs and the Concerned Government Agencies to Provide the Required Assistance for the Purpose” has been issued by then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in 2009 to mandate the ATI to link the DA's extension programs to the extension delivery modalities under the TGP and to provide access to online databases on e-Learning courses and other agricultural information. 
 
During the formal turn-over ceremony, PCAARRD transferrred the TGP program documents with included  Manual of Operations, list of FITS Centers and their status, and the list of MS, among others. 
 
ATI Director Asterio P. Saliot in his message during the turnover ceremony readily accepted the challenge of implementing Techno Gabay. “This turn-over marks a new beginning with ATI now at the helm as the lead coordinating body to oversee the implementation of the Techno Gabay particularly the FITS and the MS in the LGUs, it is a challenge since it’s not easy to double the feat of what PCAARRD has started.” Saliot also stressed that the partnership between ATI and PCAARRD will continue since he “believed that PCAARRD shall always continue and has committed to assist us along this line especially along the other TGP components, IEC and ICT.”
 
The Techno Gabay Formal Turnover Ceremony was held last October 23, 2012 at AIM Conference Center, Makati, Philippines.