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Ladderized Training on Agricultural Machinery Operation Concluded

USTP-CLAVERIA, CLAVERIA, MISAMIS ORIENTAL--- Attended by 23 agricultural engineers from different Local Government Units (LGUs), State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) and private sectors, a Ladderized Training on Agricultural Machinery Operation RMO NC II transpired for its first batch, Phase II & III.

Participants have undergone different practical trainings and simulations of different rice machines such as tractors with implement, rice mill, flat bed dryer, hand tractor, rice thresher, power sprayer and knapsack sprayer from MOSCAT Farm, Claveria, Misamis Oreintal.

With the help of the assessment loading personnel Engr. Edgar Testa, Engr. Regina Agusan, and Engr. Ronel Cablinda, the participants were able to practice and simulate different rice machinery operation. Each participant was also trained in pre and post operation safety check and the wearing of Proper Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) policies, thus, giving them their own working boots, industrial dust mask, sweatshirt, and industrial mask helped them complete the PPE. Hard hats and raincoats were also provided during the training proper.

Meanwhile, the participants have also visited Vicente Fabela Rice and Corn Mill located at Poblacion, Claveria, Misamis Oriental and New Ilocos Irrigators Association Inc. at Malaybalay City, Bukidnon to observe actual operation of rice mill and flatbed dryer. The participants have also operated rice combine harvester, rice transplanter and hand tractor at Valencia City with the help of the City Agriculture Office (CAO). After the training, the participants have undergone National Assessment by the accredited competency assessor from Caraga State University Engr. Jefrey M. Bagasbas with the presence of a TESDA representative Ms. Harvey P. Tabilo. All 23 participants have been assessed and rated competent.

The Ladderized Training on Agricultural Machinery Operation RMO NC II Batch 1, Phase II & III was held last July 17-21, 2017. (written by and with reports from Anita L. Molijon, PASS Section Chief/AFMech Focal Person)