Showcasing Women in Agriculture: ATI Opens RIC Products Exhibit, Offers Free Seminars

Women happily participating during the opening program of the Women in Agriculture Symposium.

Diliman, Quezon City – Recognizing the important roles of women in agriculture and fisheries, a three-day activity aimed at honoring every woman in this sector officially opened today, March 1, 2016.
Highlighting the event was the official launching of an exhibit of agricultural enterprise products of the various Rural Improvement Clubs (RICs) the Philippines. The exhibit was officially opened by Quezon City Vice Mayor Ma. Josefina Belmonte and Agricultural Training Institute Deputy Director Alfredo Aton.  Likewise, Jocelyn Alma Badiola, Executive Director of the Agricultural Credit Policy Council graced the opening program in the morning with an inspirational talk.
Moreover, a symposium was held in the afternoon. It included discussions on the Magna Carta on Women, Importance of Women in Agriculture, and a Knowledge-Sharing and Learning on the Success of a 2016 Gawad Saka Awardee.
The succeeding days, March 2-3, are packed with free seminars which will be headed by successful women entrepreneurs from various regions. The talks will showcase first-hand experiences of these women, illustrating how agricultural enterprise can empower more families to success. To cap off the event, participants from the regions will be toured around the Duran Farm at San Ildefonso, Bulacan. Its owner, Desiree Duran, is another example of a successful woman farmer who sold street food before realizing the possibilities of venturing in agriculture.
The activity, with the theme “Honoring Trailblazing Women in Agricultural Enterprise” is being held at the ATI Central Office along Elliptical Road from March 1 to 3, 2017.