Sowing the Seeds: The Revival of the Center's Official Publication

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Greetings of peace and grace from RTC VI - Western Visayas!

2016 has been a year of change for the Center. We have welcomed a new set of staff into the brood and have promoted those who have long and tirelessly served our Office. They are the faithful agricultural extension vanguards who have brought to you, the improving quality of agriculture and fishery extension service you deserve.

We are also undergoing preparations and compliance for ISO for quality management system to serve you better. In line with this, after thorough brainstorming for the newsletter, we have finally decided to name it “SAB-OG”. On this maiden issue, we will present our 2016 accomplishments and our 2016 plans and directions for the Region.

“SAB-OG” will be the official semestral publication of the Agricultural Training Institute – Regional Training Center VI. It will serve as the primary source of information and technology about the Center’s extension and training interventions, innovations, and other relevant knowledge and information.

The Center has its former publication called the Participants, a monthly newsletter distributed all over the six provinces of Western Visayas. However, with the government’s rationalization program, a new set of staff were placed. The Center’s Information Services Section (ISS) in cooperation with CDMS, PAS, PMEU and Administrative and Finance collaboratively breathe life back into the publication, gave it a new image, and brought it new meaning.

“Sab-og” is a local term in Western Visayas which means “to sow” or “to disperse seeds onto a field”. At the Agricultural Training Institute, it is our mission to ensure the delivery of quality extension service in agriculture and fisheries. By providing trainings and extension services to our customers/clients / stakeholders, ATI likens itself to a sower.

The sower as a life-giver. A new life begins as the seed touches the ground and so does knowledge when planted in the minds, hearts and shared among farmers.

The sower as a catalyst. The sower gives opportunities for growth and effects change as to how land, like minds, are developed and cultivated. The sower has the ability to adapt to change as the orchestrator of local extension system to ensure harmonized management and delivery of services to empower the the farmers and fisherfolk for food security, poverty alleviation, and substantially improve its resiliency. Hence, ATI-RTC VI continues to strive for higher quality management system to better respond to the dynamic needs of our customers.

The sower as a breeder. The sower will watch over the seeds and sustain the plant until it is ready for harvest. As with the agency, service does not end upon the delivery of trainings. Stories of struggle and progress are shared as with the promotion of best practices to ensure inclusive growth for the entire agriculture sector.

On a final note about the sower, I wish to impart a verse from the bible: “Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one SOWS, that will he also REAP”. - Galatians 6:7