ATI Conducts Series of Trainings in Support to Gender and Development

Participants prepare their bacon slices for curing

DILIMAN, Quezon City – With the intent of providing equal access to education, information, and opportunities for capability building and livelihood to both men and women in agriculture, the Agricultural Training Insitute (ATI) conducted a series of trainings dubbed as “Learn and Earn Towards Agri-Enterprise Development” in support to Gender and Development Program of the Philippine Government.
The workshops were conducted by batch on a weekly basis starting October 18 to December 2, 2013.  The series comprised of modular activities on: Health and Wellness; Fruits and Vegetable Salad Preparations; Meat Processing; Flower Arrangement, Leigh and Corsage Making; Cakes and Cookies for the Holidays; and Table Skirting and Food Setting.  Dr. Mechelle Palma of the Remnant Institute of Alternative Medicine, Inc., Fristine Gizelle De Guia of the Spread Organic Agriculture in the Philippines Movement, Dr. Vilma Patindol of ATI Extension Governance and Policy Division and Jim Raborar of ATI Training Center in SOCCSKSARGEN (ATI-Regional Training Center XII) served as resource persons on these topics during the training.
Each session involved participatory discussion and demonstration and hands-on exercises wherein the participants had to present their output at the end of the day.  It was participated by around 35 ATI staff per batch/week.  The activity was conducted in pursuant to the Republic Act 9710 known as the Magna Carta of Women that mandates the mainstreaming of Gender and Development in government programs and activities.