ATI Gathers Outstanding RICs for Social Entrepreneurship Training

Outstanding RIC participants in a group activity on "Kamanlilikha"  with RP Joseph Ongkiko (photo from Jovanee B. Sansalona)

BULACAN --- The Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) once again tapped the rural women to become local change makers as they gathered for the National Training on Social Entrepreneurship for Outstanding Rural Improvement Clubs (RICs) held last month.
 
The training on social entrepreneurship will definitely help broaden the social, cultural and environmental goals of the rural women. They will not only measure performance on profit and return but will seize opportunities, invent new approaches, channel their ideas into actions, create solutions for the better in their respective areas. 
 
Around 29 representatives from the different regions came to learn the concepts of Social Entrepreneurship; acquire useful knowledge and appropriate transformational development; and identify key elements of a significant social enterprise.

Moreover, they came to know some models and best practices in social entrepreneurship when they visited Daisy Duran`s Farm. Likewise, the rural women were able to come up with project designing and proposal development before the training ended.  
 
Joseph Astrophe C. Ongkiko of Asian School of Development and Cross Cultural Studies presented the Transformational Development where the participants exchanged ideas during the group dynamics activity called "Kamanlilikha" wherein everybody was agreed on the ideas they got from the exchanges with their co-participants.  
 
On the other hand, Daisy Duran, an Outstanding RIC awardee herself from Region III, gave a talk on the importance of good farming and its benefits. Her integrated farming is now an Agri tourism, where visitors from other provinces flocked to the farm and making money out of her farm produce. 
 
During the training, ATI Director Asterio P. Saliot lauded Duran`s farm and encouraged the other RIC participants to duplicate Daisy`s Farm and be successful as well. "Nothing is impossible as long as one is industrious and loves farming," Saliot said.
 
The event was held at Duran Farms, San Idelfonso in this province. (with additonal reports from Jovanee B. Sansalona)