On October 17, 2019, ATI-RTC 02 Center Director Imelda M. Guillermo took her oath of office before ATI Director Alfredo S. Aton.
Prior to her designation, she had been the Officer-in-Charge of the Center since July 11, 2018.
Ms. Guillermo finished Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Engineering in 1982 as a scholar. With her good scholastic record and the rigid screening of the Philippine Training Center for Rural Development, she was one of the 11 applicants who passed the screening for the Training Management Course Development out of the 652 applicants from the entire Philippines. She started as Educational Researcher I in 1983.
After barely four years, she was promoted as Agriculturist II. With her dedication and commitment, she was again promoted as Training Specialist III in 2001. This was the time when she finished her master’s degree in Agricultural Education and Public Administration at the Isabela State University and La Salette University, respectively. She also finished her academic units in Doctor in Public Administration with a scholarship under the ATI Expanded Human Resource Development Program.
Her continuous active participation to trainings locally and internationally made her a whole-rounded person. She has been a technical person teaching production technologies across different field, a planning officer, a trainor and a manager.
Being a flexible person, she can adjust herself to any group of people she meets from simple individuals to high ranking officials. Ms. Guillermo has been an active member of numerous international and national professional and civic organizations. She represents the Center as member of the Regional Research and Development Coordinating Council and designated as Regional Coordinator of the Technology Transfer Cluster of the Cagayan Valley Agriculture, Aquatic and Resources Research and Development. She is also a Board of Director and Auditor of the Philippine Extension and Advisory Services Network and International Organization for Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction and Management. As active member of the religious organization, she is a vice chairman of the Ang Iglesia Metodista sa Pilipinas San Mateo Chapter. As active farmer, she is a member of the seed growers’ cooperative.
Behind her successful professional path, Ms. Guillermo lived a simple life as an agripreneur in the small town of San Mateo, Isabela. As a farmer, she models diversified farming system, which became the major source of income of her family.
In partnership with her husband, they managed piggery, poultry, fishpond and seed production. These helped them a lot in sending their children to exclusive schools. The success of her children who are now a medical doctor, a computer engineer, a nursing graduate and an accountant made her happy and successful mother of four.
As Center Director, she envisions ATI Cagayan Valley to lead in providing excellent extension services beyond boundaries down to the unreachable places in the region. That’s why she pushes the significance of the convergence of extension activities of different agencies through the Regional Agriculture and Fishery Extension Network.
Through strong camaraderie of staff as ATI family, and strong networking and partnership with other stakeholders, she believes that extension services will continue to move forward to contribute to the achievement of food availability and affordability for every Filipino family.