ATI, Partners Update Cost Standards for AFE

ATI Deputy Director thanks participants of the core group discussion for updating agri-fishery extension cost standards.

DILIMAN, Quezon City – To enhance the planning efficiency in Extension Support, Education and Training Services, the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) convened a core group discussion in updating the set cost standards in the delivery of agriculture and fisheries extension services.

Different partners from the Agriculture and Fisheries Extension Network and the Department of Budget and Management took part in the undertaking and identified points for improvement in the current document on Agriculture and Fisheries Extension (AFE) Cost Standards for Training, Scholarship, and Information, Education and Communication Services. The said document was crafted in 2014 to serve as reference material in estimating corresponding budget of targeted programs, projects, and activities.

The ATI led the development in line with its mandate to advise the Department of Agriculture in managing financial and logistical support for extension and provide leadership in formulating the national AFE agenda and budget.

“For around three years, this document has been serving as our guide in planning, budgeting, and monitoring. Now, it needs to be updated to keep up with the times,” ATI Policy and Planning Division Chief Milagros Urbano said.

ATI Deputy Director Alfredo Aton also thanked all the partners present for their committed assistance in coming up with a new set of cost standards especially in line with the government’s thrust for accountability and transparency. The core group discussion is the first of the ATI’s consultation efforts for the updating of the cost standards document. The participants also developed workshop templates in preparation for the series of zonal multi-stakeholder consultations.

Held at the ATI Central Office, the activity was done last February 7, 2017.