37 RCM Trainers Ready to Venture on Regional Roll Outs

37 RCM Trainers Ready to Venture on Regional Roll Outs

SAN PABLO CITY, Laguna — Collaborate. Innovate. Transform. These are the words of Dr. Roland J. Buresh, the father of Rice Crop Manager (RCM) from the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), to the participants of the National Training of Trainers for Rice Crop Manager Use and Operations.

The participants were composed of 37 national RCM trainers now equipped with skills on using and operating the RCM through this five-day training. They are agriculturists, information officers, research specialists, and technical specialists of the Department of Agriculture Regional Field Offices (DA-RFO) and the Agricultural Training Institute’s Regional Training Centers (ATI-RTC).

Associate Scientist Rowena Castillo, together with Dr. Mary Jean Du and Jo Anne Holly Torres of IRRI, highlighted the training with lectures on learning the basics of RCM-related computer operations and effectively handling questions and concerns of RCM farmers. Furthermore, Training Specialist Maria Theresa Villanueva of ATI-RTC III gave a short presentation on what to remember in conducting farmer interviews. She shared her experiences in their field interviews and dubbed RCM as “Relationship Created with our Magsasaka.”

The training was guided by four modules on: How to use RCM; How to facilitate awareness and use of the RCM SMS and the wide-scale RCM dissemination; Orientation to upgraded RCM Advisory Service; and How to effectively handle questions and concerns of RCM farmers. In one of the hands-on activities, the participants were divided into three groups to visit and conduct farmers’ meeting in Barangays Cabay, San Jose and Del Rosario in Tiaong, Quezon. This was then followed by a lively discussion among the participants of what went wrong and what went well in the interviews.

Moreover, Information Systems Researccher Joeven Calasagsag of ATI Information Services Division (ATI-ISD) discussed the Institute’s involvement in RCM and how teamwork is being maintained between ATI and DA. Likewise, Esther Velasquez of the DA-IRRI Project presented the involvement of the DA in this venture.

Dr. Buresh emphasized that IRRI, ATI, and DA all have roles in RCM dissemination. The participants were able to generate 76 recommendations and develop 17 training designs for the regional roll out as the main output of the training. With this, ATI-ISD Chief Antonieta Arceo expressed her warm appreciation to all the participants and shared that for every activity, service begins.

The National Training of Trainers for Rice Crop Manager Use and Operations was organized by ATI-ISD, in cooperation with ATI-RTC IVA as host region. It was conducted last July 24-29, 2016 at Auravel Grande Hotel and Resort in this city.