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Extension Service Providers Accreditation
As the extension agency of the Department of Agriculture and in compliance with the provisions of Section 91 of the Implementing Rules and Regulations of the Republic Act No. 8435, otherwise known as the Agriculture and Fisheries Modernization Act, the ATI has been mandated to accredit private extension service providers for the provision of extension services per Administrative Order no. 22, issued by the Department of Agriculture on May 29, 2008, with the following objectives:
- To hasten and improve the delivery of extension services to the Department of Agriculture's client system;
- To provide opportunities and wider participation of the private sector in the conduct of agricultural extension services;
- To recognize the efforts and capabilities of private institutions/ service providers dedicated to the delivery of agriculture and fisheries extension services; and
- To provide a variety of training programs / extension activities for farmers and fishers in support of the thrusts of the agriculture and fisheries modernization program.
The following institutions/organizations which offer regular agriculture and fishery extension programs are eligible to apply for accreditation:
- Partnerships/corporations duly organized under the Laws of the Philippines and registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission;
- Cooperatives duly registered with the Cooperative Development Authority
- Non-profit and non-stock organizations duly registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission;
- Multinational corporations shall apply for accreditation, provided relevant laws allow multinationals to engage in extension services. Provided further that all those who actually perform the services shall be Filipino citizens and registered professionals authorized by the appropriate regulatory body to practice their professions.
- Joint venture among Filipino Extension Service Providers and foreign multinationals may be allowed, if it will result to better extension services, subject to Securities and Exchange Commission laws and the provisions of this IRR.
The National ESP Accreditation Advisory Council has been constituted with the ATI Director as Executive Officer and the members are composed of representatives from the Agriculture and Fisheries Extension Network, state universities and colleges, local government units, and from the private sector. They are mandated to provide overall policy guidelines and directions of the program as well as issue accreditation certificate through the Council's Executive Officer.
Likewise, the Regional ESP Accreditation Advisory Council has been constituted with the Center Director of the ATI in the region as the Regional Executive Officer who shall be joined by the representatives from the local offices as well. They shall provide regional policy guidelines and directions of the program, and endorse all approved applications to the National Council's Executive Officer through the National Secretariat for the issuance of Accreditation Certificate.
Filing of applications for accreditation may be done at the Partnerships and Accreditation Division, ATI Central Office in Diliman, Quezon City for the national ESPs and for the local ESPs, they can submit their applications at the ATI Regional Training Center in their region.