ATI's School on the Air Program gets Full Support from Provincial LGU in Capiz

ATI-RTC VI conducted SOA mass graduation in Capiz

ROXAS CITY, Capiz – The Agricultural Training Institute - Regional Training Center VI (ATI-RTC VI) recently got the full support of the provincial government of Capiz for its School-on-the-Air (SOA) Program. There is no doubt that Governor Victor A. Tanco has a lot on his plate in terms of running Capiz. However, agriculture is the one closes to his heart because it is the primary source of income of his people.

In providing better agricultural technologies to its constituents, ATI-RTC VI in collaboration with the Provincial Local Government Unit (PLGU) through the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist conducted a season-long SOA on Cassava Production and Utilization. SOA is an alternative method for learning which uses radio as a medium of instruction that aimed to reach clients who are interested to learn, use and practice new technologies.

“Learning is a continuous process especially now that technology is fast changing hence you are trained along these new technologies,” Tanco said.

The SOA was conducted from February to July, 2014 and broadcasted every Saturday from 12nn to 1 pm over local radio station DYVR 657 KHz in Roxas City. The broadcast included learning modules that focused on the essential of cassava production as well as processing and marketing.

There were about 617 graduates from the program that consisted of farmers, agricultural extension workers as well as students. Tanco expressed his delight to the graduates and urged them to apply what they have learned to their farms.

“I am happy that you are part of this program, I hope that you continue learning and apply what you have learned with the support of your local government as well as the Department of Agriculture through ATI,” Tanco added.”

Antonieta J. Arceo, chief of the ATI-Information Services Division (ISD) representing ATI Director Asterio P. Saliot as guest of honor graced the graduation ceremonies. She recognized the “effort of the provincial government led by Tanco and said "without them we will not be able to reach out the 617 graduates of the SOA.”

Arceo also noted that this SOA not only focused on the production aspect of cassava but on the processing and marketing as well. “By adding value to your products we hope to increase your income and be able to change your lives and build dreams,” Arceo said.

The SOA mass graduation was held last August 12, 2014 at the CAP Auditorium, Roxas City Capiz.