The Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) in Davao Region and Biotech Coalition of the Philippines (BCP) conducted two batches of Training of Trainers (TOT) on Strengthening the Capability of Agricultural Extension System for Agricultural Biotechnology via Zoom App on August 26, 2020, and August 28, 2020, respectively.
A total of 25 Agriculture Extension Workers (AEWs) and employees of Non- Government Organization (NGA) attended the online training that aimed to explain agricultural biotechnology, its regulations, and underlying issues and concerns.
The online training also aimed to discuss the significance of biotechnology and organic agriculture in slowing down the progress of climate change and its effects.
Resource persons of the training were BCP President and Chairperson, Dr. Saturnina Dela Cruz Halos, and former National Plant Quarantine Service Division (NPQSD) of the Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI) chief, Ms. Merle Palacpac.
Dr. Abraham Manalo, BCP Executive Secretary, and ATI representatives Mr. Omarbliss B. Dalam, ATI-RTC XI OIC- Training Center Superintendent I, and Engr. Joey Belarmino, ATI-RTC V Senior Agriculturist were also present during the training.
Meanwhile, Felson Jay V. Mahumot, ATI-RTC XI Agriculturist II, served as the training host.
The TOT garnered positive feedback from the participants for its clear and concise presentation of topics.
Ms. Cyrell Mae Pujeda Dupitas, one of the participants, said that the resource persons are knowledgeable and excellent. She said she was glad to have participated in the training.
“Overall presentation is worthy of commendation. Congratulations!” said Engr. Mark C. Angeles.