ATI Trains Middle Managers on Policy-Making to Strengthen AFE Services

Identifying social problems and giving strategy-based solutions is one of the the highlights of this mid-managers training.

DILIMAN, Quezon City -- To intensify the national agriculture and fisheries extension delivery system in the country, the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) recently convened the middle managers from the regional offices of the selected bureaus and attached agencies of the Department of Agriculture (DA) for a training on policy development.

The training entitled “Strengthening the Grip on Agriculture & Fisheries Extension (AFE) Policy Development: Developing Middle Managers into Policy Makers” was conducted in preparation to their role as AFE service policy developers and providers.

The five-day workshop was divided into four main topics, to wit: Identification of Social Problems, Public Policy as a Response to Social Problems, Policy-Making Process, and Presenting Analytical Strategies.  It was generally aimed at enhancing the quality of administrators in the agency by enabling them as indicated in the modules of the course, specifically to learn the process of Extension Policy Development and Formulation; identify possible AFE concerns that need to be put into policies; develop and formulate AFE policies; and prepare action plans. During the training proper, a lecture-discussion and simultaneous small group workshops, plenary sessions and other relevant strategies were employed.

The participants were composed of 21 mid-managers coming from the regional offices of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatice Resources, National Irrigation Administration, Philippine Coconut Authority, Philippine Fiber Development Authority, DA-Regional Field Offices, and some representatives from ATI-Regional Training Centers in Regions 3, 4A, 4B and Caraga.

The mid-managers’ training was held from May 12 to 16, 2014 at the Rural Development Education Center at the ATI-Central Office compound in this city.