ATI Holds 15th P4MP National Congress

TUGUEGARAO, Cagayan--- The Agricultural Training Institute (ATI), together with the Pambanasang Mananalon, Maguuma, Magbabaul, Magsasaka ng Pilipinas (P4MP), a prominent farmers' organization nationwide, holds its 15th National Congress to intensify its nationwide advocacy campaign in improving farm productivity and making Filipino farmers globally competetive.

Hosted by the Department of Agriculture - Regional Field Office II, this year's Congress gathered 149 delegates from the different regional P4MP organizations, focal persons and coordinators from the ATI Regional Training Centers.

With the theme,"Matatag na P4MP Tungo sa Progresibong Agrikultura at Pagharap sa Makabagong Ekonomiya," this year's convention aimed for the participants to gain knowledge, information and updates on ASEAN Economic Community Innovative Extension Modalities. Likewise, the activity aimed to encourage values enrichment towards productivity; promote health and wellness through Organic Approach; acquired knowledge on the concepts and unique operations and management on Dairy Farming and Commmunity Fresh Milk Production through upgraded cattles and Goat Breeding and Production.

One of the activity's highlights was the presentation of the success stories of the DA's National Gawad Saka winners.

A caliber of resource speakers were invited to namely, Dr. Dennis Bacuyag who discussed on Value Enrichment; Dr. Mechelle Palma on Health and Welness; Mr.Honorato Carranza of Social Security System on the Social Protection Plan of Rural-based Organizations and Mr.Hiroshima Terunama of Hachioji, Tokyo, Japan on the Role of Farmers' Association in agricultral development.

Distinguished guests like City Mayor Jefferson Soriano; Atty. Rhaegee Tamana represented in behalf of Senator Cynthia Villar; Provincial Governor Alvaro Antonio and Third District Congressman Randolph Ting graced the event.

The convention was held at Crown Pavillion in this province last June 24 to 26, 2014.(with reports from Jovanee B. Sansalona)