ATI Reviews 2012 Performance for 4-H Club Youth Development

The regional 4-H club presidents during the planning workshop ( photo by Nerville John M. Alvaro)

LANANG, Davao City---  " Year`s end is neither an end nor a beginning, but a going on, with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us." -- Hal Borland
This holds true in any organization to assess its performance for the calendar year. With this, the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI), the Department of Agriculture`s extension and training arm, conducted a Year-End Assessment and Sustainable Planning for the 4-H Club Youth Development Program
One of the rural-based organizations (RBOs) assisted by the Institute to address the needs of the rural youth across the country with the three major components of the program such as Capability Building, Organizational Strengthening and Livelihood Support.
Participants consisted of 4-H club presidents, together with the focal persons for RBOs and coordinators for the Farm Youth Development Program from the ATI Network of Training Centers. 
At the end of the assessment, the 57 participants delivered a report of their accomplishments for the year 2012, detailing the issues, concerns and recommended strategies to improve future activities. The participants likewise shared some good agricultural best practices and success stories and reviewed the schemes and mechanics of the livelihood repayment program for roll-over.
Moreover, the participants came up with sustainability plans and mechanism for the 4-H Clubs in the next coming years. They also recognized partner regions in the conduct of RBO national trainings and events and visited agri-based projects of the recent Gawad Saka regional awardee, Christopher Adormeo, whose farm showcased cassava and coconut commodities at Buhangin, in this city. 
The workshop ended with ATI Director Asterio P. Saliot striking words embedded in their minds, " Instead of creating new programs, let us revitalized and strengthened more the 4-H Club Youth Development Program". Further, "Push the ladderized training on agri-entrepreneurship as part of the extension program of the 4-H club", he strongly added.
The activity was held last November 26 to 30, 2012 at Microtel Inn, Davao City. (reports from Alicia Rose D. Nebreja/ Ivan Robin M. Limjap)