Trainer-participant Evoyne Mae Galvan and NFOTEC team was assigned a demo back discussion on Agri Apps and Advanced Social Media Marketing prior culmination of Iloilo leg.

WESTERN VISAYAS – To prepare and enable farm schools in implementing digital literacy training for RCEF, the Regional Training of Trainers on Digital Agriculture Course for RCEF (DAC for RCEF) was executed with an upstart session in Antique last October 20-22, 2021 at Kinaray-a Hotel, San Jose, Antique followed by Iloilo last October 27-29, 2021 at Zuri Hotel, Mandurriao, Iloilo City. Participants hailed from farm institutions across Antique, Iloilo, and Negros Occidental.

DAC for RCEF is a short course developed by ATI with member agencies of the Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (RCEF) and is centered on the learning materials of the Digital Farmers’ Program (DFP) with the incorporation of rice-related agriculture applications. Instructional materials were clustered into two modules, DAC for RCEF 101 and 102.

Trainers of TESDA-accredited farm schools were called into the opportunity to be oriented in new media technology topics on Information and Communications Technology Tools, Agriculture Applications, Social Media Content Creation and Marketing, Internet Safety, Mobile Money and e-commerce. Furthermore, they were advised on the implementation of the training structure, programs, required documentation, and feedback processes.

Trainer-participant Lucio Laraño recognized and conveyed both advantages and challenges of the course during initial sessions in Antique. “At least nakita ta ang mga apps and diri na-testingan, nakita naton na may pwede pa i-improve, especially sa mga applications nga basi mabudlayan si farmer like e-Damuhan and AgriDoc App geotagging. Pero in general, damo man gid ko sing may na-learn and ma-explore nga pwede mashare kay farmer, para magamit man nila." [Having been able to learn and test these applications through this training is good because we can cite factors to improve because farmers might have a hard time to utilize app features, for example, like that of e-Damuhan and the geotagging feature of the AgriDoc. But in general, I have learned a lot of resources that I can explore and share with the farmers for their benefit."]

For Lily Maligaya, the number of digital agriculture resources is an eye-opener. During training in Iloilo, she expressed, “I am so amazed dahil marami palang online apps na available for the farmers pero hindi nagagamit at mabuti nalang may training. Kailangan talaga natin itong e-spread, kailangan talaga nating ituro sa farmers, that’s why I am very thankful that you have this flagship." [I am amazed by the number of online apps available for the consumption of our farmers, however, these are not frequently utilized. We need to spread this information and teach them to the farmers. That’s why I am very thankful that you have this flagship.”]

A total of 40 participants is set to gain their Certificate of Completion upon submission and evaluation of their recorded micro-teaching sessions to ATI Region 6 five days after the training proper.

The final leg of DAC for RCEF for the year 2021 will be conducted for Aklan and Capiz.