Batch 2 RCM Trainees gear up for 2017 target interviews

Batch 2 RCM Trainees gear up for 2017 target interviews

As one of the implementers of the Rice Crop Manager (RCM) program, the Agricultural Training Institute – Regional Training Center 8 in collaboration with DA-RFO 8 rolls out RCM to extension workers from municipalities in Leyte, Southern Leyte, Biliran, and Samar. RCM is a service that enables irrigated and lowland rice farmers in the Philippines with a crop and nutrient management guideline from RCM to receive in-season reminders and advice through SMS. This will help improve the production of farmers in their rice fields.
 
With the center’s goal to provide recommendations to farmers around the region, ATI-RTC 8 equipped extension workers with the knowledge of RCM, its use and operation through a 3-day training. Twenty-eight (28) participants completed Batch 2 of the RCM roll-out on March 21-23, 2017 at ATI-RTC 8 Building, Baybay, Leyte. The roll out training enabled the participants to operate RCM in both online and offline modes using a laptop, tablet, or smartphone; and print and explain generated recommendations from a farmer interview. These competencies were achieved through lectures and the conduct of an actual farmer interview in barangays Caridad, Hilapnitan, and Maybog in Baybay City, Leyte. Each participant submitted an action plan for the dissemination and conduct of interviews with the local rice farmers. They are set to provide 100 RCM recommendations to rice farmers in their respective areas.
 
Present during the opening ceremony was Dir. U-Nichols Manalo, the OIC- Regional Executive Director of the DA-RFO 8. During his inspirational message, Dir. Manalo reminded the participants that their job in the field is very critical since they will be gathering information from the farmers and that the information they’ll be gathering should be accurate for them to generate correct recommendations. “Try to really learn and be open minded in this training”, he added.
 
Since it was his first time to be trained in ATI, Mr. Limuel Antonio, an AT from Biliran, was anxious about the things that will be expected from him from this training. For him, he was not that of a "tech savvy". But after observing that his fellow participants have the same concern as him, he became confident and was eager to learn like the others. He said that the venue was conducive for learning and that the type of learning process was systematic and encouraged participation. For him, it was a great learning impact knowing that the modules adapted to the level of learning of the participants. He further said, "The government has been investing their resources for us to attend these kinds of trainings, it would be a shame if we go back to our municipalities without outputs. That is why we, as extension agents, should try our very best to share and execute what is expected from us after every training."
 
Batch 3 of the Rice Crop Manager roll out is set on April 4-6, 2017 at ATI-RTC 8 Building, Baybay City, Leyte.