As ATI’s Mouthpiece, IS Workforce Stands Braver than Ever

Former Gov. Leo Ocampos tours the participants of the training around Hoyohoy Organic Farm. (Photo by Karl Salibio)

TANGUB CITY, Misamis Occidental – Staying true to its mission of championing the cause of farmers and fishers, the Information Services (IS) group of the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) forges ahead with enhancing the documentation and dissemination of success stories in the Philippine agriculture and fisheries sector.

In the first leg of the two-part Training Course on Success Story Writing and Packaging, IS staff from the ATI Central Office and Regional Training Centers (RTCs) in Central Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao celebrated the tales of farmers and fishers whose lives changed for the better.

Information Services Division (ATI-ISD) Chief Antonieta Arceo emphasized the importance of documenting and publishing success stories. She expressed that, “We should be able to showcase what our clients got, that we go beyond the numbers; that we touch lives and we go beyond training.” Arceo added that the stories should be able to encourage others that there is money in agriculture.

Meanwhile, experienced writer and editor Ruth Floresca shared with the participants the elements of effective writing; underscoring the essentials of writing with purpose, form, and appropriateness. She imparted that “The main purpose of a writer should be to get the point across, not to impress the readers.”

As an immediate application of these lessons, the participants were asked to write daily journals of what they learned or their insights on the activities. There was also a writing workshop where the participants wrote feature articles on a farmer’s, fisher’s, or group’s success story and on the Hoyohoy Highland Stone Chapel Organic Farm and Adventure Park where the activity was held. The two feature articles are the main outputs of the participants in the training.

Media Production Specialist Joshua Mercado of RTC-X, who wrote the best success story of the group, shared how the Institute deepened his desire to serve and to help uplift the lives of Filipino farmers. The best feature article on Hoyohoy Organic Farm and best reflection essays came from Media Production Specialist Karl Salibio of ATI-ISD and Information Officer Melinda Petalcorin of RTC-VIII, respectively. They both expressed that the training motivated them to overcome their apprehensions in writing and helped them realize the importance of chronicling the journeys to success of farmers and fishers.

A total of 24 IS personnel from ATI Central Office and from ATI Training Centers in regions III, VI, VII, VIII, IX, X, XI and XI comprised the first batch of participants of the Training Course on Success Story Writing and Packaging held last March 14 to 18, 2016. Part of the five-day activity was a tour around Hoyohoy Highland Stone Chapel Organic Farm and Adventure Park and a visit to the Governor Alfonso Tan Aquamarine Park in Tangub City. An editing workshop for some six IS chiefs from the participants’ respective centers or division was also included in the training course.

The second leg of the course is scheduled on April 18-22, 2016. All the outputs of the two training batches will be compiled into a book that will be launched in time for the Institute’s 30th anniversary celebration in January 2017.