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Selected representatives from 4H Clubs across Region VI and ATI-RTC 6 convenors carried the event out with vigor.

ILOILO CITY - Despite the threat posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, 4H Club steered its first-ever virtual regional summit at the EON Centennial Hotel, Iloilo City, with the theme, ‘Rise of the 4H Era: Reaching Independence in Sustainability and Empowerment of 4H clubs through experiencing the realm of agriculture’. The summit took place last October 15-16, 2021.

“I am hoping that despite the pandemic situation of the country, we can meet the needs of our 4H youth in our local barangays as well as meet the goals and objectives of this 2-day virtual summit”, said Eden DLR. Bautista, Center Director of ATI Region 6, during her message.

4H Ceremonies were done virtually by the Iloilo Province 4H’ers and the Current 4H Provincial presidents. Provincial 4H coordinators gave their words of welcome and greetings to all the delegates and participants of the summit, encouraging the 4H youth to uphold the 4H motto pledge and creed.

During the summit, Mavillo Z. Villorente, ATI Region 6 Section Chief of the Partnerships and Accreditation Services Section, also gave his welcome remarks. “I hope that through this summit, we can help our youth to continuously promote agriculture in each of their barangays to help in community building and development. Despite the limitations of the Covid-19 Pandemic, we are congratulating the whole 4H Team, including the 4H Provincial presidents as well as the out-going 4H Regional president, Mr. Marlo Cabanero.”

The conference was packed with valuable training, which served as encouragement for the 4H youth to continue making the best out of being involved in the field of agriculture.

The 4H Club Agusipan was recognized and awarded as the most active club in the region and is going to represent Region 6 in the National Excellent Achievers Award during the 4H National Summit. Their president, Lourden Oremo, was given the opportunity to share their best practices during the event.

Another highlight of the summit is the virtual Tagisan Ng Talento Contest. The Province of Aklan bested 6 4H’ers from different provinces in the 2-minute speech contest by winning first place. There were also 25 4H’ers from different provinces who won in the virtual Tagisan ng Talino trivia-party contest. The chair of the board of judges and National RBO Focal Person, Jovanne C. Dela Cuadra, expressed excitement by posting, “Before, in 4H Club Contests, I was always the contestant. I can’t believe I am now the Chair of the Board of Judges!”

After the program, the 4H provincial officers conducted an election for the new set of 4H Regional Officers led by the outgoing 4H Regional President, Marlo Cabanero, with the guidance of Vianney T. Ojerio, Alternate 4H/RBO Focal Person, Lyn G. Bantigue, Project Officer and Veronica Tomulto, VLAP President.

This Virtual Regional Summit is proof that despite the pandemic, 4H activities cannot be hindered to give and serve the 4H youth of Region 6 and continue to hone and nourish their skills and talents.

“I am very grateful to our outgoing 4H Regional President, Marlo Cabanero for all the support during his term and good luck to the newly-elected 4H Regional President, Aldren Fuentes. I hope you will continue what was done well, and still make the best better!” said Lyn G. Bantigue, ATI Region 6 Agriculturist II and 4H Regional Focal Person.

The first-ever virtual regional summit was attended by 4H youths from the Provinces of Aklan, Antique, Capiz, Guimaras, Iloilo, and Negros Occidental.