Municipal Agriculturists in Davao region equipped to become effective extension managers

Asst. Dir. Alfredo S. Aton encourages participants to help in the common goal of alleviating the living condition of farmers.

A total of 30 municipal agriculturists in Davao region have gathered for a Management and Leadership Skills training spearheaded by the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) central office.
The training which was held on February 20-24, 2017 at ATI Regional Training Center in Panabo City, Davao del Norte aims to enhance the knowledge and skills of the participants in becoming effective leaders, managers and to be able to develop a team beneficial to their unit and community.
The training covers the importance of personal and team mission and vision, levels of influence, levels of leadership, functions of a manager and its necessary skills and effective leadership skills.
One of the participants, Mati City, Davao Oriental City Agriculturist, Eleanor E. Sambas said that she finds the training brain bleeding in an extremely unique and effective way.
“Through this training, we were able to distinguish what kind of leaders we are and how we will manage our people. We are greatly impressed by this training of ATI, we will definitely adopt the competitive skills and personal developments taught by our renowned speakers,” Sambas stressed.
ATI Deputy Director Alfredo S. Aton emphasized the importance of the training  that aims  at empowering the extension managers in developing their capacity and creativeness to lead initiatives in the agricultural developments and provide tools in addressing the challenges in their field units..
“I encourage you, our partners in the extension services, to apply the leadership skills you will learn from here to help us in the harmonization of the programs and projects of the national government down to the local government units to attain our common goal of alleviating the living condition of the farmers in the countryside,” Aton said.
Further, OIC Training Center Superintendent II, Emelia M. Gadingan on the closing ceremony said that she is hopeful that the municipal agriculturists will continuously be supportive in rendering extension services and become dynamic in leading government efforts in the grassroots level.  
“We hope that we have generated in you a type of leader who is responsible and ethical who will produce positive and effective impact across Davao region’s agriculture industry,” Gadingan added.