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ATI Lauds Filipino Women Farmer -Entrepreneurs
In agriculture, a woman's worth can never be underestimated. Women have long proven that they can stand alongside their male counterparts and do back-breaking work in the field.
In honor of women’s contribution to agriculture and in celebration of Women’s Month, the Agricultural Training Institute conducted a weeklong activity with the theme, “Honoring Trailblazing Women in Agricultural Enterprises”. At least ninety (90) rural women from the different regions of the Philippines attended the celebration held on March 1-3, 2017 at the Rural Development Education Center (RDEC), ATI Central Office, Elliptical Road, Diliman, Quezon City.
The activity was graced by Quezon City Vice-Mayor Ma. Josefina Belmonte, Ms. Jocelyn Alma R. Badiola, Executive Director of the Agricultural Credit Policy Council (ACPC), ATI Assistant Director Alfredo S. Aton who represented Director Luz A. Taposok. In her message, Dr. Taposok underscored the glaring contribution of women in the nation’s economy which was not given value in the past years. Unlike women in other countries, Filipino women nowadays are given much importance and worth to every sense of the word.
The weeklong-celebration aimed to create awareness, understanding and appreciation of the vital roles of women farmers in agriculture; broaden women’s knowledge and skills through the different showcases of agricultural enterprises being displayed in the different booths; and share experiences and best practices with other women-famers from other regions.
Region 8 was ably represented by two rural women representatives, Andresa B. Regis from Merida, Leyte and Myrna Sanchez from naval, Biliran. The 62-year old Andresa owns an ATI-accredited Learning Site which employs diversified farming system while Myrna is a Regional President of Rural Improvement Club who owns a 2-hectare diversified farm at Brgy. Kapinyahan, Naval, Biliran.
Both women were very grateful that they were identified to attend the activity. To them, the activity was an avenue to meet other women farmers in other regions and share their farm activities and best practices worth emulating. They were also thankful that they had opportunities to gain additional knowledge and skills taken from the different topics shared by different resource speakers.
These women are continuously honing themselves to become the image of the new woman-farmer, farmers who are of entrepreneurial mindset.