Better Together: ATI IS Staff Gather for the 2nd KM Updates for 2016

Participants huddle for a quick chat before the discussions resume.

DUMAGUETE CITY, Negros Oriental – An activity packed with learnings and opportunities, the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) recently convened its Information Services (IS) staff from the ATI Central Office and training centers for this year's 2nd Knowledge Management (KM) Updates.

As an institute, the importance of teamwork and knowledge sharing has always been a message the ATI continues to deliver among its employees. “Let’s work in harmony with each other so as to give the best services to our clients,” ATI-RTC VII Center Director Carolyn May Daquio said as she welcomed the participants.

In this line, the three-day activity aimed to achieve an efficient and effective dissemination of updates regarding the current initiatives of the Institute. Meanwhile, IS Chief Antonieta Arceo gave a little refresher on the ATI's IS functions -- e-Extension Management; Knowledge Resource Center Management; and Knowledge Products Development. The discussions during the KM Updates focused on these three major functions as a means of feedbacking and generating recommendations to improve the ATI's information services. Another highlight of the activity was the sharing of the best IS practices from the regions for others to replicate in their own respective areas.

Moreover, Dr. Rodolfo P. Estigoy of the Philippine Center for Postharvest Development and Mechanization (PhilMech) took part in sharing their ongoing developments on postharvest technologies, where he stressed the importance of the linkage of research and extension in disseminating these technologies to the clientele.

A breakthrough for ATI is its first collaborative activity with the Philippine e-Learning Society (PeLS) entitled "Kapihan sa Dumaguete," where the Institute was awarded with the institutional membership certificate by PeLS. This activity is in line with the ATI’s aim to advance the e-learning component of the e-Extension Program with the educational institutions for inclusion in their curriculum.

In concluding the activity, Arceo reminded the team to work hard and continue doing their best. She reiterated the importance of working as one though from different centers, recounting a quotation she heard, “We may not have it altogether, but together we have it all.” Besides the re-establishment of what the IS is all about, participants likewise expressed their joy for the activity enabled them to forge bonds with other IS staff from the regions. The week-long activity was held at Hotel Palwa from July 19 to 21, 2016.