Saliot earns his PhD in Extension Education

ATI Director Asterio P. Saliot receiving his PhD Diploma (photo by Karlene Grace Zuniga, ATI-CAO)

 DILIMAN, Quezon City--- "The journey of a thousand miles must begin with a small step", a quote from a Chinese Philosopher, is aptly applied to Agricultural Training Institute Director Asterio Pagente Saliot who came from small beginnings and made it big in the agriculture world. He just got another laurel on his sleeves by receiving his diploma in PhD major in Extension Education from the University of the Philippines Los Banos.
Young, vibrant, smart and unassuming, Dr. Saliot initiated the Philippine Electronic Extension (e-extension) Program for Agriculture and Fisheries and the establishment of the Farmers' Contact Center at the Department of Agriculture. He also was the brain behind the ISO Certification 9001-2000 of the ATI Central Office. He was exemplary during his term as civil servant and achieved highest awards given by the Civil Service Commission such as the Natatanging Kawani sa Operasyon at Pangangasiwa sa Programa ng 1995 Gawad Saka: Parangal sa mga Katangi-tanging Magsasaka at Mangingisda; Outstanding Model Educator, Humanitarian, Civic Leader, Public Servant; Outstanding Employee of Region 9, among others. 
Notwithstanding is his contribution in the agricultural field of literature. Saliot has written papers on Agricultural Development Convergence: It`s Implications to Food and National Security; Innovation and Diffusion of Integrated Pest Management Technology on Rice through Kasakalikasan and Agrarian Structure and Rural Insurgency in the Philippines, his masteral thesis for his Master of Arts in Development Studies at the Institute of Social Studies at the Hague, The Netherlands.
Recently, Dr. Saliot was invited by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), Secretariat of the Global Partnership on Nutrient Management (GPNM) for a  meeting at the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) in Washington, D.C. to share ATI`s experiences on e-Extension particularly with reference to promoting sustainable nutrient management. The purpose is for all GPNM partners all over the world to consolidate ideas on how to reduce nutrient enrichment and oxygen depletion from land-based pollution in support to the Global Nutrient Project. He also led the delegation of the ATI  for the recent executive study tour on the Cooperative Extension Services of some states in the Southern United States of America.
Dr. Saliot is serving the Institute for 10 consecutive years now. Not to mention his other designations like being the chairman of DA`s Gawad Saka Search for Outstanding Agricultural Achievers; Vice-Chair, Central Implementation Committee, DA Expanded Human Resource Development Program; Executive Assistant to the Provincial Agricultural Officer, Administrative Officer; Radio Farmcaster and Plantation Crop Supervisor. Likewise, he also has many local and foreign trainings attended. Moreover, he gives importance in doing civic works in the agriculture sector and in his community.  
For one who rose from the ranks and loves agricultural extension work so much, Dr. Saliot, the boy next-door image, is one hellion of a man to beat!