Another New Breed of Young Farmers Graduate from ATI-EP

SAN MATEO, Isabela. The Academic and Technology Integration Education Program (ATI-EP) which started on July 20, 2018 to February 21, 2019 is one of the programs of the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) implemented for the young farmers. This is in support to the 4H Program wherein the center continuously implements activities for the promising young farmers. They were given opportunities through education, capability building in agriculture and other fields.

For batch 2018, a total of 20 scholars graduated last February 21, 2019 at ATI – RTC 02, San Mateo, Isabela. All came from the provinces of Nueva Vizcaya, Quirino, Isabela and Cagayan. The graduation ceremony was graced by their parents, 4H municipal coordinators, municipal agriculturists and teachers.

OIC-Center Director Imelda M. Guillermo challenged the graduates to become a model to other youth in the application of their learnings on agricultural technologies. “Utilize properly the after-training support to be given to you amounting to P50,000.00 in developing your project, ”Guillermo added. She emphasized that the financial support is a roll-over, which later-on should be paid back for other 4H members to borrow.

The parents thanked ATI and other partner-agencies like LGUs and the Department of Education for the opportunities given to their children. “We promise to support our children in implementing their plans after the graduation,” one parent said.

Ms. Elenita Guiyab, Principal of San Mateo North Central School as the guest of honor, congratulated the graduates and challenged them to become good citizens for them to have a better future.

For their six (6) months training, they were prepared as a new breed of competent farmers. They were honed with appropriate knowledge and skills on agricultural technology especially on organic agriculture. The scholars were able to pass the TESDA Competency Assessment on Organic Agriculture Production NC II. They are also hopeful to be accelerated on their present academic level after taking the Alternative Learning System (ALS) Assessment last February 24, 2019.