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ATI-RTC I conducts meeting and planning workshop for RBOs

Dr. Rogelio Evangelista, ATI-RTC 1 TCS II speaking during the RBO consultation and planning workshop

Sta. Barbara, Pangasinan - For the year 2017, various activities have already been set for Rural Based Organizations (RBOs). For the purpose of better and smoother implementation of the regional and national activities, the different RBOs in the region were convened on a Consultative Meeting and Planning Workshop at the Agricultural Training Institute-Regional Training Center I (ATI-RTC I), Tebag East, Sta. Barbara, Pangasinan on March 9-10, 2017.

To ensure the organizations improve their performance, a work plan in strengthening the RBOs for the CY 2017-2018 was crafted by the Officers and members of Pambansang Mannalon – Maguuma – Magbabaul – Magsasaka ng Pilipinas (P4MP), Rural Improvement Club (RIC), Indigenous People’s Organization (IP), Magsasaka Siyentista (MS), and Volunteers Leaders Association of the Philippines (VLAP).

In his speech during the opening program, Dr. Rogelio C. Evangelista, Training Center Superintendent II, stated in a “marching order” way, “let us help build the dream of farmers, the RBOs are our partners in their development and in building farmers’ dream.”

It was said that “Good leadership leads to a successful organization”. To begin with the activity, Dr. Paulo Jan F. Samson, Associate Professor of Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University, South La Union Campus started his lecture on Leadership with a quote of Mahatma Ghandi: “You must be the change you wish to see in the world”.

Games were associated along with the lectures and discussions such as helium straw and cup pyramid games, to promote teamwork and to observe group strategies and individual’s character which will help them in conducting activities in their respective areas.

Further, assessment of previous activities, appreciation of work, discussion of 2017-2018 direction and creation and presentation of work plan of RBOs completed the activity which was admired by the participants and gave satisfaction rate on overall training from activity content, training facilities to accommodation services.

(Mr. Jonard Barlaan is a DevCom student of CLSU and currently an OJT at ATI-RTC 1.)