ATI Conducts Mid-Managers’ Job Enhancement Trainings to Strengthen AFE Workforce

During the facilitator-led discussions

“Happiness could be achieved not by fulfilling your own wants and needs, but by helping others fulfill theirs.” – Asterio P.Saliot, ATI Director

IBAAN, Batangas – Pushing to attain a more proactive and responsive extension services that will ultimately help alleviate the living conditions of the agriculture and fisheries sector, the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) goes for a well-defined system of human resources within extension organizations in the Department of Agriculture (DA).

With this, mid-managers of the DA line agencies were gathered for job enhancement trainings whose goal is to become effective leaders in assisting organizations in their efforts towards systematic continuous improvement.

Managed by ATI Career Development and Management Division (ATI-CDMD), two batches of the Level 2 Job Enhancement Skills Training were held at Kahariam Realty and Farms, Inc. in Batangas last February 24 to 28 and March 3 to 7, 2014 and was attended by 26 middle level managers per batch. 

The training involved group and individual exercises, case studies, role-plays, facilitator-led discussions, and immediate application which were majorly facilitated by resource persons from Performex, Inc. led by Stephen Sandoval and Immaculada Concepcion Belza.  It is composed of two courses: Leading High Performance Teams and Positive Psychology. 

Sandoval discussed the first course covering sub-topics on setting the environment for a high performance team; evaluating and developing the team environment; five competencies of an effective team; group dynamics of team development; the stages of team development, criteria for a high performance team, team structure; handling conflict; requirements for an effective team and the leadership skills needed; and guiding a group session. 

The second course, handled by Belza, elaborated on developing happiness in the workplace; developing resilience and optimism; and celebrating our strengths.

During the closing ceremony of the second batch, ATI Director Asterio Saliot shared and highlighted the future plans of ATI in servicing and helping out its stakeholders through the Institute’s trainings, projects, and scholarship programs.  As the activity concluded, the participants were challenged to practice all the knowledge they gained during the training and to impart it to colleagues in their respective organizations. (with reports from Janina Guibani, ATI-CDMD)