Looking back... Executive Order 116 signed by President Corazon C. Aquino in July 30, 1987, created the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) basically to develop an effective and efficient system of training extensionists and farmer-leaders to support programs in agriculture and rural development. A merger of three agencies: Bureau of Agricultural Extension (BAEx), Philippines Training Centers for Rural Development (PTC-RD), and Philippine Agricultural Training Council (PATC), ATI which started with 11 centers (10 PTC-RD Centers + 1 affiliate center in Barili, Cebu) in 1987 had grown to 41 centers in 1989. The number of centers dropped to 34 with the return in 1998 of the Regional Fishermen's Training Centers to Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources.
As this developed, the Agriculture and Fisheries Modernization Act of 1997 (RA 8435) places ATI as the overall manager for agriculture and fisheries extension in the country. The AFMA calls for ATI to functionally self-restructure. Towards this end, ATI pursues various strategies, one of which is the consolidation of field centers. Thus from 34 training centers in 2004, it now currently maintains 17 training centers. One (1) International Training Center for Pig Husbandry in Lipa City, Batangas, 15 Regional Training Centers and 1 center in ARMM.
ATI considers its restructuring process as likewise in keeping with the provisions of Executive Order No. 116 dated October 4, 2004 which instructs government agencies of the executive branch to rationalize and strategically review its operations.
And the two become one. Once separate, the two centers: RTC-7 based at DA-RFU 7 Compound, M. Velez Street, Cebu City, and the PTC-Bohol are now one strong and more focused ATI VII - Central Visayas. Designated as the seat of regional training center 7, ATI 7 now sits at Cabawan District, Tagbilaran City, Bohol. It is 8 kilometers away from the city proper. The training center in Cebu City serves as ATI 7 Satellite Center.
The more the merrier indeed.
Why we are unique?
Servicing the 4 island provinces of Central Visayas Region: Bohol, Cebu, Negros Oriental and Siquijor, the harvest will definitely be great. More men, the combined manpower complement of 31, administrative staff 15; technical staff 16, are precisely needed. Each one has a stake in it.
Our clientele are primarily the extension workers, extension service providers and members of farm/fisher families of Region.