Year-end assessment has been the practice in the corn extension program of the ATI in Region 02 to assess and review the program implementation and accomplishments of the corn agricultural extension workers (AEW).
For this year, the assessment was conducted on October 28, 2020 at ATI-RTC 02, Malasin, San Mateo, Isabela. It was attended by 16 AEWs via face-to-face and virtual workshop. AEWs who were not permitted by their local chief executives to travel because of COVID-19 pandemic, participated through virtual.
Ms. Rosalinda B. Lucero, Corn Program Focal Person facilitated the sharing of the accomplishments and innovations of the AEWs, including the challenges and problems they have encountered in implementing Season-long Training on Integrated Crop Management-Corn-based Farming System (ICM-CBFS) funded by ATI. They also shared their innovations and best practices in conducting the said farmers’ training.
The COVID-19 pandemic and the protocol of the Inter-agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases did not limit the said AEWs to implement the ICM-CBFS in their areas, though, being observant to the protocol, Ms. Lucero said.
Meanwhile, planning workshop was also facilitated for 2021. Ms. Lucero presented the plans for 2021 and solicited support of the participants for its implementation. Each participant was required to submit their training needs and priority activities in their respective municipalities for possible funding from ATI. These training needs and activities will be prioritized for 2021 corn extension program.
The participant exuded their full cooperation and participation as manifested in their outputs. Center Director Imelda M. Guillermo challenged and appreciated them with the hope that the said outputs will be of great help in the 2021 plans of ATI in the region.
The one-day activity was actively participated by AEWs from LGU of Benito Soliven, Cauayan City, City of Ilagan and OPA from the province of Isabela; Penablanca, Tuguegarao City, Baggao, Piat, Sto. Nino, Alcala, Cagayan and OPA-Nueva Vizcaya. (with reports from Jonathan Z. Marayag)