RAFEN happen in Region 9

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The group discussed the importance of establishing Regional Agriculture and Fisheries Extension Network (RAFEN) in Region 9.

The group discussed the importance of establishing Regional Agriculture and Fisheries Extension Network (RAFEN) in Region 9.

HOYOHOY, Tangub City - Under Agriculture and Fisheries Modernization Act (AFMA) Section 89 of 1997 implementing rules and regulations provides the composition of National Extension System for Agriculture and Fisheries (NESAF) composed of the NGA’s, SUC’s, LGU’s and private sector as the ‘’Pillars of Extension.‘’

Under this law, the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) is mandated to organize the Agricultural and Fisheries Network (AFEN). In the operationalization of the NESAF in the implementation of extension plans, programs, and budget. Thus, revitalizing the AFEN in the region to strengthen the network of coordination in the delivery of extension services to diverse set of clients. Also, this group can tackle issues and recommend policies affecting efficient planning implementation, monitoring and evaluation of extension services.

The organization of the AFEN is a realization about the important role of extension in agricultural innovation. Nowadays, extension is more than technology transfer as it has evolved into becoming a ‘’broker of knowledge’’. It is also being recognized as pluralistic hereby it is provided by several actors.

ATI as an apex agency for extension can provide the best representation of the country’s extension service in different forum and with an organized extension service, from the municipal to provincial up to the regional level.
Generally, the main objectives of the activity is to strengthen the Regional Agriculture and Fisheries Extension Network (RAFEN) of Region 9.

After the opening program, the discussion about RAFEN and how should we operate as a team was being tackled. The participants-who represented their respective agencies, expressed their commitment to work together with ATI in establishing the RAFEN Region 9.

Below are some of the agreements between ATI and the participants;
• The workshop output will be submitted on December 2, 2019.
• The final MOU per agency should be submitted at ATI-RTC IX Office on or before December 20, 2019
• The consolidated MOU per agency will be given by ATI to RAFEN members for finalization on or before January 10, 2020.
• MOU signing between RAFEN members will be one of the highlights of ATI Anniversary on January 29, 2020.
• ATI will send a letter to each agency, confirming their intention to be a member of RAFEN and request for a designation of 2 Focal Persons. (Preferably, under planning section except for SUCs)
• There will be a separate Focal Person from OPA and Veterinarian Office
• The first RAFEN workshop of 2020 will be on May 27-28, 2020 at Bayangan, Labason, Zamboanga del Norte.

The activity gave light to the Planning Monitoring and Evaluation Unit as to where to start in terms of establishing the link between the different agencies that composed the pillars of extension.

The workshop was held at Hoyohoy Highland Stone Chapel Adventure Park on November 27-28, 2019 attended by the representative of the attached agencies of the Department of Agriculture, National Government Agencies, Magsasakang Syentista, and State Universities and Colleges.