ATI, PCCI-HRDF: New Partners in Shaping a More Competitive Phl Agriculture

ATI officials present some of the Institute’s extension programs and projects to PCCI-HRDF officials and other partners.

DILIMAN, Quezon City – “The biggest potential for development is in the agriculture and fisheries sector, thus, we should focus more on assisting our farmers and fishers to be more productive and competent.”

This was the highlight of the discussion among some officials of the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) and the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s Human Resources Development Foundation, Inc. (PCCI-HRDF) in a meeting last October 29, 2015.

The meeting was a result of PCCI-HRDF’s request to work with the ATI in undertaking technical-vocational education and training (TVET) in a dual training system for Filipinos.

“We are now reaching out to those whoever would want to join in our efforts to enhance the productivity and competitiveness of Philippine agriculture through its labor force,” PCCI-HRDF President Dr. Alberto P. Fenix, Jr. said.

To make this possible, the ATI and the PCCI-HRDF agreed to convene key players in education and training from both public and private sectors in a consultation-workshop this December to identify and establish qualifications standards needed in agriculture. This activity likewise aims to set priority areas where education and training interventions could be undertaken to provide more opportunities to farmers and other agricultural practitioners—especially in the face of today’s advancing global economic landscape—as well as make the agriculture and fisheries sector an attractive enterprise to the Filipino youth.

In the said meeting, ATI Director Asterio P. Saliot led the presentation of some of ATI’s extension programs and projects, particularly for the youth, such as the Youth Empowerment through a Sustainable Program. He also briefly discussed the organic agriculture learning sites in the country and ATI’s support to Maranao leaders and children of the families of former combatants and indigent out-of-school youth.

Also present in the meeting were representatives from the German-Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (GPCCI) K-12 Plus Project team, Philippine Chamber of Agriculture and Food, Inc., Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, and Philippine Council for Agriculture and Fisheries. These agencies will also be invited to the said consultation-workshop to be held at the ATI office.

The PCCI is the country’s largest business organization. In support to the government’s K to 12 education reform, the group established the HRDF to promote and encourage business chambers, industry associations and business enterprises to be actively involved in TVET. It also aims to be the key driver of the Technical-Vocational-Livelihood Track of the K to 12 curriculum. (Photo by James Gilbert Castuera)