ATI 7 hosts 82nd RIC National Convention

ATI 7 hosts 82nd RIC National Convention

With this year’s theme: “Role of Women in Mitigating Impact of Climate Change in Agriculture,” the Department of Agriculture through Agricultural Training Institute (DA-ATI) convened the 82nd Rural Improvement Club (RIC) National Convention last November 21-23, 2016 at Essencia Hotel, Dumaguete City.

This year’s convention took its full advantage of the potential of rural women through various developmental activities. It also served as an avenue to convey existing relevant and useful technologies, practices and intervention straight from their co-members. Their rights and privileges as women was also tackled which paved the way for them to be holistically developed and empowered individuals at all levels.

In addition with that, the convention also served as an opportunity to raise awareness regarding climate change and their role as a woman in mitigating this dilemma.

Regional Technical Director on Operations, Joel Ilumba delivered his message during the convention while Atty. Ranibai D. Dilangalen, Undersecretary for Special Concern of the Department of Agriculture administered the induction ceremony of the new set of RIC National Officers.

Some 285 women across the nation participated in the convention. Moreover, key personnel from the City of Dumaguete and the provincial agriculture office graced the activity.

Served as the convention’s pool of speakers were: Dr. Imelda Guillermo, TCS I, ATI-RTC 2 on the Role of Women in Community Based Approach to Climate Change; Patrick Asiñero of Philippine Council for Women on GREAT Women (Gender Responsive Economic Actions for the Transformation of Women); Joan C. Salcedo of Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology on Women in Disaster Risk Management; Edilee R. Omoyon, Proprietor, Milea Bee Farm on Bee Informed; Elnard Ympal, 4-H National Vice President on Organic Farming; Engr. Oscar Tabada, Regional Director, PAGASA—Visayas on Knowledge on Climate Change Mitigation and Weather Forecasting.

Also in full support were staffs from ATI Central Office through Elsa A. Parot, National RBO Focal Person, staff of the Department of Agriculture-Regional Field Office 7 through Regional Executive Director, Angel C. Enriquez and the host center, the ATI-RTC 7 in Central Visayas through its Training Center Superintendent II, Dr. Carolyn May O. Daquio and Senior Agriculturist, Lydia B. Borbano, the Regional RBO Coordinator.

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