Techno Gabay

The Techno Gabay Program (TGP) was originally initiated by the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCAARRD) of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) to promote technology dissemination and utilization guides and facilitate knowledge sharing among extension workers and farmers. 
 
The TGP has four main components: the Farmers Information Technology Service (FITS) Centers and Magsasaka-Siyentista (or Farmer-Scientists), Information Education Communication (IEC) Materials and Information and Communication Technology (ICT). The DOST-PCAARRD started implementing the program in 1998.
 
In 2009, the then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo of the Philippines issued Executive Order no. 801, known as the "Encouraging local government units to adopt the Techno Gabay Program in their Agricultural Extension Programs and the Concerned Government Agencies to Provide the Required Assistance for the Purpose." With this, the DOST-PCAARRD has been mandated to transfer the Techno Gabay program implementation to the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) being the training and extension arm of the Department of Agriculture as their strategy to institutionalize the extension modalities in the agriculture and fisheries sector of the country.
 
Last October 23, 2012, the ceremonial turn-over was held in Makati City where the DOST-PCAARRD initially transferred the TGP program documents which included the manual of operations, list of FITS Centers and their status and the list of the Magsasaka-Siyentista. 
 
At present, the ATI made the Techno Gabay Program a part of its knowledge management initiatives where the ATI Network of Training Centers are coordinating the TGP activities in the regions.