ATI e-Learning Completion Ceremony
By Donald Torres, Instructor, NORSU Pamplona Campus, Negros Oriental
The 1st ever e-Learning Completion Ceremony was successfully conducted by the College of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries in collaboration with the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) – Regional Training Center 7 on March 28, 2017, 10:00 o’clock in the morning at NORSU Pamplona Campus, Pamplona, Negros Oriental. It aimed to complement the achievement of the students in their completion of the e-Learning modules related to their field of interest in agriculture, forestry and fisheries. The e-Learning is a major component of the Philippine’s Department of Agriculture’s e-Extension Program with ATI as the lead implementing agency. To continue realizing the vision, they collaborate with other government agencies, state universities and colleges and non-government organizations.
The program formally started with the warm words of welcome delivered by Dr. Merivic G. Catada, the Dean of the College of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. Having finished and promoted the knowledge, products and services offered under the e-Extension Program specifically in its e-learning component, Dr. Carolyn May O. Daquio, the Training Center Superintendent II of ATI – RTC 7, proudly led in the presentation, confirmation and awarding of certificates to 63 graduating students who have fully completed at least three (3) e-learning courses. She was ably assisted by Dr. Merrian Piquero Soliva, the e-Extension Coordinator of ATI together with the dignitaries from NORSU and LGU Pamplona. Ms. Josie D. Raguing, a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture major in Agronomy student was honored as the topnotcher of the batch for having completed 21 e-Learning modules.
Right after the awarding of certificates, Dr. Daquio gave a message which informed and further inspired the graduates to value the role of agricultural farm tourism in alleviating the living condition of the people, most especially the farmers. She stressed out that the best fertilizer is the farmer’s foot prints. Students were given additional knowledge about the importance of the latter in the speech of Dr. Virginia E. Lacuesta, the Vice President for Research, Extension and International Linkages (REXIL). Gracing the occasion as the guest of honor and speaker was Engr. Ronald Roxas, the Executive Secretary of Mayor Janice V. Degamo of the Municipality of Pamplona. He expressed his warm congratulations to the graduates allowing them to realize the practical purpose of their chosen degrees as the answer to the uncertainties of today. As the program continued, the University President, Dr. Joel P. Limson, kept on encouraging his beloved students through his very surprising goal-centered message. He told everyone to keep on conducting researches that are technology-driven which could be practically utilized in community extension. Dr. Limson also challenged the students to convert their knowledge into a profit where he emphatically furthered that there is money in agriculture. In his speech, he revealed that NORSU Pamplona would already be called as Technology Training and Development Center by next year and no longer a campus where state-of-the-art facilities and equipment are found. As the first part of the program ended, Prof. Alan E. Faburada extended his grateful acknowledgement to everyone who in one way or the other made the momentous affair a successful and memorable one.
The activity resumed in the afternoon with Dr. Piquero Soliva discussing on the e-Learning online courses which was attended by students, faculty members and Agricultural Extension Workers of LGU-Pamplona. She made emphasis on the various advantages of the program offered. She as well gave instructions about the steps in the on-line registration and enrolment. Few students and AEWs asked questions with regard to the difficulties they encountered during the process of signing in and in selecting the courses they had chosen. On a positive note, problems were entertained and explained well by Dr. Piquero Soliva which eventually enlightened the learners’ confusion. The short program culminated through Dr. Daquio’s heartfelt words of gratitude addressed to the CAFF Faculty and Staff, LGU Pamplona and to the students.
The whole day affair definitely made a difference to the lives of the graduates and to everyone who were blessed with the rare opportunity of being united with the country’s top implementer of extension programs - ATI.