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Promoting Multimodal Approach in FFS Implementation Amidst COVID-19: Farm Schools Receive ICT Equipment

TABUK CITY, KALINGA. In support to the continuous implementation of the modified season-long Farmers Field School (FFS) under the Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (RCEF)-Extension Component, the Agricultural Training Institute-Cordillera Administrative Region (ATI-CAR) awarded Information Communication Technology (ICTs) tools to five farm schools in Kalinga accredited as training providers of the Program.

Boosting Partnership in the New Normal: ATI-CAR and BPI-NSQCS Tandem for RCEF Seed Growers’ Training

TABUK CITY, KALINGA. Underscoring the importance of quality seeds towards higher rice productivity, rice seed growers in Kalinga went through an Enhancement Course on Inbred Rice Seed Production. The course, which was implemented on September 21-24, 2020, is one of the activities under the Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (RCEF)-Extension Component. After four days of intensive classroom discussions and field practice, 20 seed growers successfully received their training certificate at the TAMPCO Inn and Training Center at Tabuk City, Kalinga.

Planting Rice in the Time of COVID-19: RCEF FFS on Rice Production in Kalinga Yields 550 Farmer Graduates

TABUK CITY, KALINGA. The Farmers Field Schools (FFS) on rice production for Kalinga launched on February 2020 under the Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (RCEF) was finally concluded on July 2020 with 550 farmer graduates amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. The graduates of this dry season FFS are from the municipality of Rizal with 100 graduates from four batches, and Tabuk City with 450 graduates from 18 batches.

Rain or Shine, the SOA Must Go on: Schools-on-the-Air for Apayao and Kalinga Remain on Air Amidst COVID-19

LA TRINIDAD, BENGUET. Despite COVID-19 health risks, delivery of government services, particularly in agricultural extension, has to continue albeit some modifications to cope and adapt with the present pandemic. The Agricultural Training Institute (ATI), for its part, conceptualized the modified school-on-the-air (SOA) as one of its adaptation measures in response to COVID-19. The SOA is an extension strategy where information on a particular subject, or an advocacy is disseminated through radio broadcasts.

Overcoming COVID-19 Boundary Barriers: ATI-CAR and LGUs Sustain Rice Extension Services Despite Travel Restrictions

LA TRINIDAD, BENGUET. The risk of COVID-19 infection made provinces and municipalities in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) impose strict travelling rules specially for those entering their areas of jurisdiction. This consequently posted challenges in the delivery of extension service in CAR although alternative modes such as online platforms have been adopted. Still, the ATI-CAR faces challenges in providing quality extension service via these alternative modes considering the poor internet connectivity in most of the Region’s rural areas.

Extension Mutation: ATI-CAR Refocuses 2020 Programs towards Urban Agriculture and Home Gardening in Response to COVID-19

LA TRINIDAD, BENGUET. The COVID-19 pandemic brought with it challenges not only in health but also in agriculture. The pandemic’s economic impact especially on food security became as immediate and pressing as its effect to public health. Fully aware of these challenges, the Government, with the Department of Agriculture (DA) as the lead agency to make food available, accessible, affordable, and safe embarked on implementing various coordinated efforts towards coping, adapting, and ultimately overcoming COVID-19.

CAR’s RCEF Info Caravan Goes to Kalinga RCEF Municipalities

TABUK CITY, KALINGA. Consistent with the DA’s thrust to disseminate information on the Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (RCEF), the ATI-CAR, in coordination with the concerned LGUs in Kalinga and other RCEF implementing agencies, held a series of municipal-based information caravan on March 10 to 13, 2020. The caravan series covered the municipalities of Rizal, Pinukpuk, Tanudan, and the city of Tabuk on March 10, 11, 12, and 13, 2020 respectively.

Making Pluralistic Extension an Edge through Harmonization: MPSPC Launches Knowledge Products after Undergoing ATI Funded Trainings

BONTOC, MT. PROVINCE. The Mountain Province State Polytechnic College (MPSPC), through its Research Development and Extension Services, staged its “First Knowledge Products for Extension Launching” on February 12, 2020 at the MPSPC Main Campus in Bontoc, Mt. Province. The knowledge products (KP) are outputs of the MPSPC’s extension group after undergoing four ATI-CAR funded trainings.

“Outsmarting Climate Change” is Center Piece of ATI-CAR’s 33rd Anniversary

“Today we need more than a hero, we need the connivance of the Avengers and the Justice League.” This is how Director Glenn B. Gregorio paralleled the needed convergence and partnership of stakeholders in addressing the impacts of climate change in agriculture. Director Gregorio heads the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA). He is the keynote speaker during the 33rd anniversary celebration of the Agriculture Training Institute-Cordillera Administrative Region at the Hotel Supreme in Baguio City on January 30, 2020.

Farmers from Luna, Apayao Conquer National Corn Program’s FSTP Phase II, Set for Phase III

LUNA, APAYAO. Twenty-two farmers are to advance to the Phase III of the National Corn-based Farmer-Scientists RDE Training Program (FSTP). These farmers were confirmed as graduates during the FSTP Phase II graduation ceremony on December 4, 2019 at San Francisco, Luna, Apayao.