One of the mandates of the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) as the lead agency in agriculture and fisheries extension of the Department of Agriculture (DA) is to capacitate State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) to improve their effectiveness and efficiency in the performance of their extension activities.
Heeding this mandate, ATI in Davao Region piloted a virtual Training of Trainers (TOT) on Extension Delivery System (EDS) on October 21-23, 2020, 1:00-3:00 pm via Zoom Teleconferencing. The participants are extension coordinators and extension project leaders of Compostela Valley State College (CVSC).
The 3-day TOT started with an opening ceremony joined by CVSC President, Dr. Christie Jean Villanueva-Ganiera, and ATI- RTC XI Center Director, Mr. Dante G. Esguerra, MBA.
Ms. Olivia D. Gatus, Training Center Superintendent I, one of the resource speakers, conferred the topic on the basics, trends, and key players in Agricultural Extension (AE) during the first day of the TOT.
She delivered to the participants the foundational understanding of what AE is and what are the roles of an extension worker in community and agricultural development.
Subsequently, Ms. Ofelia A. Sanchez, Training Specialist III, enlightened the participants on the approaches, strategies, and methods employed in implementing extension works during day two of the TOT.
Ms. Sanchez presented various strategic methods extension workers can apply depending on the objectives of the extension activity and kind of recipients. Moreover, Ms. Sanchez also shared ATI best practices in undertaking AFE programs.
The third and last module of the TOT was about communication on EDS with discussion on facilitation skills and presentation skills elucidated by Ms. Assel M. Mapayo, Information Officer II, as the resource speaker. The module highlighted the value of excellent and ethical communication skills in delivering extension services effectively.
“ I am very much glad having all the resource speakers. Daghan kaayo ug nalipay sa learning especially those who are starting their projects, programs, and activities. And also, the office of extension is blessed since the response of the participants was all positive. Salute to ATI for sharing experts with us as a newbie in Extension-PPAs. Thank you very much.”, expressed Mr. Rholey R. Picaza, Director, CVSC Extension Program, one of the participants.