Multi-Stakeholder Consultation Workshop Held for AFE Strategic Plan

During the opening program of the National Multi-Stakeholder Consultation Workshop

ORMOC CITY, Leyte- The Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) brought together 35 various stakeholders from various government agencies and educational institutions performing Agriculture and Fisheries Extension (AFE) services in crafting a holistic strategic plan.

The activity titled "Laying the Groundwork for Strong and Vibrant Rural Communities: National Multi-Stakeholder Consultation Workshop on Agriculture and Fishery Extension Strategic Planning for 2017-2022" came up with a more comprehensive agriculture and fishery strategic plan for the next six years.

Specifically, the activity served as a venue to revisit the current state of AFE agenda and programs as well as the emerging issues and problems in the AFE and in the agriculture sector in general. Understanding and learning the guiding principles of strategic planning equipped the participants to design and develop their action plans.

Among the participating institutions were from the Department of Agriculture's Agriculture and Fishery Extension Network (DA-AFEN) member agencies, state universities and colleges (SUCs), ATI-Central Office and the private sector.

As part of the consultation-workshop processes, the activity comprised mainly of short input sessions associated with several workshops through the help of experts in the field of AFE namely; Dr. Evelyn Aro-Esquejo, Dr. Nenita Sumile, Dr. Allan Alimodian and ATI Director Asterio P. Saliot.

Spearheaded by the Planning and Policy Division of the ATI Central Office, the activity was held last June 14 to 18, 2015, 2015 at Sabin Resort Hotel, Ormoc City, Leyte