ATI Holds National Consultation and Planning Workshop for 4-H, Rural Based Organizations

National RIC President Lilia M. Nuño presented the RIC report during 4-H RBO planning workshop (photo by Daniel Nilo)

DILIMAN, Quezon City--- “Let`s not think of awards or rewards but think of your constituents who can`t speak nor defend themselves that is why they trusted you to be their “voice” for whatever clamor they have concerning the organization.”

Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) Director Asterio Saliot addressed this message to the 46 regional Rural-Based Organizations (RBO) focal persons, Farm Youth Development Program (FYDP) coordinators, and selected national RBO officers during the 2015 National Consultation and Planning Workshop for 4-H and Rural-Based Organizations held recently.

In the past years, ATI has remained steadfast towards empowerment of RBO. Holistic strategies and schemes were developed to deliver an effective and efficient extension intervention to the agricultural organizations in the grassroots.

The consultation convened and discussed mechanisms, guidelines, set details and best course of implementation of the national activities for the year. The focal persons and coordinators thoroughly reviewed their presentation, evaluation and assessment of last year's accomplishments as well as the national conventions conducted by the 4-H, Pambansang Mannalon, Mag-uuma, Magbabaul, Magsasaka ng Pilipinas (P4MP), Rural Improvement Clubs (RIC), Volunteer Leader Association of the Philippines (VLAP), Farm Home Extensionists Association of the Philippines, Inc. (FHEXAP), Indigenous Peoples (IPs) and Farmer Scientists (FS) or Magsasaka Siyentista (MS).

In regard to this, this year's national conventions were planned intensively as well as the directions of RBOs using innovative ways in conducting conventions and activities to be more attractive and livelier for new leaders joining the organizations.

Early last year, the MS conducted the first inter-island wide congress in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao areas. This year, the P4MP, MS and IPs were grouped together to hold the congress while the 4-H and VLAP combined force to hold the youth congress.

The Philippine Association of Provincial and City Agriculturists(PAPCA) is eyed to be active again in this organization as it is being reorganized soon. In addition, the International Farm Exchange Program to Korea and other ASEAN communities will likely continue its course this year.

On the other hand, Dr. Franciso de la Peña, Jr., ACES Polytechnic College President and Chief Executive Officer, gave an overview of the Philippine Farmers Qualifications Framework (PFQF) to the RBOs delegates. The PFQF is accredited by the Technical Education and Skills Development (TESDA) and will be a great opportunity for farmers and the like who were not able to go to formal schooling to be benefitted from this program.

With this, ATI OIC-Deputy Director Renato dela Cruz said during the closing program, “On behalf of the management, I sincerely appreciate your active participation on the well crafted RBOs plans and hopefully will follow through and be a success in the coming years for our younger generations to enjoy its fruits.”

This three-day activity was held at ATI Rural Development and Educational Center in this city last February 10 to 12, 2015.