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The reorganization of the Department of Agriculture under Executive Order No. 116 issued in January 1987 brought about the significant changes. Particularly significant is the merging of the Philippine Agricultural Training Council (PATC), Philippine Training Centers for Rural Development (PTC-RD) and the Bureau of Agricultural Extension (BAEx) into the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI).
ATI became operational in 1987 starting initially with the ten training centers from the former PTC-RD. During transition period, the budgets were disbursed by other agencies included in the merger. In 1988, the network was expanded to 26 with the addition of the nine Regional Training Centers (RTCs) and seven Farmers Training Centers (FTCs). In 1989, the network has reached a total of 41 training centers with the addition of seven FTCs, seven Regional Fishermen’s Training Centers (RFTCs) and one International Training Center on Pig Husbandry (ITCPH).
However, in November 1998, the seven RFTCs were turned over to the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR). Last July 2004, as part of the ATI nationwide restructuring and in compliance with Administrative Order 366, the ATI consolidated 34 Training Centers into 17 Training Centers with one Training Center per region (Region 1 to 12, ARMM, Caraga, CAR, International Training Center for Pig Husbandry-ITCPH), and ATI Central Office at Quezon City.
Our Center is one of the existing 17 Regional Training Centers of the Department of Agriculture-Agricultural Training Institute (DA-ATI).