From the Regions
To further strengthen the promotion of Organic Agriculture (OA) in CALABARZON, the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) CALABARZON conducted the 1st Regional Vloggers and Bloggers Event: Promoting OA in CALABARZON. Some 15 vloggers and bloggers participated in the three-day activity.
Jimenez, Misamis Occidental---“Growing our own food can inspire us to take an interest in the origins of our food and make better choices about what we put on our plate. When we grow our own food, we savor it more because of the effort it took to get to the table”, Organic Agriculture point person Javier P. Andalan said.
GENERAL TRIAS CITY, Cavite- Fifteen (15) children from Bukid Kabataan Center in General Trias City, Cavite participated in a two-day training on urban gardening dubbed as “AgriBulilit: Urban Gardening Activities for Children.”
SAN PABLO CITY, Laguna- ABF Integrated Farms and Agribusiness Center Inc. is the second private regional Extension Service Provider (ESP) launched as Farmers’ Information and Technology Services (FITS) Center in the region.
BANGA, Aklan and SIGMA, Capiz – ATI Region 6 thru its Center Director, Dr. Eden DLR. Bautista, names two new Learning Sites for Agriculture (LSA) from the provinces of Guimaras and Capiz on November 23 and 26, 2020.
As part of our continuous effort to provide farmers, fishers and other stakeholders easy access to agri-fishery information, 10 Farmers Information and Technology Services (FITS) Centers received an enhancement support from ATI-RTC 02.
BAYBAY CITY, Leyte - For years now, the Agricultural Training Institute has been celebrating what is known as the National Rice Awareness Month (NRAM). This annual celebration is held every November to raise awareness about the importance of rice and the key players in the production of the commodity. This year, the celebration highlights the theme, “Grow local. Buy local.
CAPIZ, Western Visayas – 325 Capizeños graduated from the 16-week of School-on-the-Air (SOA) on Integrated Rice-Based Farming System: Pagpasanyog sang Panguma para sa mga Capizeños in Capiz. The said program was aired over RMN-DYVR (Roxas City) every Sunday from July 12 to November 21, 2020, from 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM.
ATI Compound, El Salvador City, Misamis Oriental---As announced earlier today in this year’s Globe (Telecom) Media Excellence Awards (GMEA), the media team of the Agricultural Training Institute-Regional Training Center X (ATI-RTC X) got nominated in two different categories.
TRECE MARTIRES CITY, Cavite - In celebration of the National Organic Agriculture (OA) month this November, the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) CALABARZON initiated an online quiz bee for Agricultural Extension Workers (AEWs) in the region entitled as “Search for Ekstensyonistang OA”.
WESTERN, Visayas - Four Farmers' Information and Technology Services (FITS) Centers in Dumangas, Iloilo; Numancia, Aklan; Buenavista, and Jordan in the Province of Guimaras obtain Information and Communication Technology equipment that includes a laptop, printer, tablet, and pocket wifi on November 18, 2020, as part of the FITS Enhancement program of ATI Region 6.
ATI Compound, El Salvador City, Misamis Oriental---In celebration of the National Rice Awareness Month (NRAM), the management and staff of the center celebrated via ‘PALAYhigalaay sa ATI’ the essence of rice and the importance of rice farmers in terms of feeding the country and contributing to the Philippine economy.
PAGBILAO, Quezon - In support to the Rice Extension Services Program (RESP) under the Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (RCEF) on its second year of implementation, the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) Region IV-A in partnership with the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) - CALABARZON and VILLAR SIPAG Farm School conducted a 10-day intensive training entitled
MAAYON, Capiz and LEON, Iloilo – Despite the COVID-19 scare, forty farmers actively participated in the recently concluded two batches of Skills Training on Corn Processing in Municipality of Maayon, Capiz on November 4-5, 2020 and Municipality of Leon, Iloilo on November 11-12, 2020 respectively.
BANGA, Aklan – COVID-19 pandemic is not a hindrance for ATI Region 6 in accrediting farms as Learning Site for Agriculture (LSA) in Western Visayas through its Center Director Dr. Eden DLR. Bautista together with Chief of Partnerships and Accreditation Services Section (PASS) Mavillo Z. Villorente, and Lyn Bantigue, Agriculturist II of PASS.
LEON, Iloilo – Sixteen hog raisers and practitioners from different barangays of Leon and five faculty and staff of Iloilo Science and Technology University (ISAT-U) in the said municipality attend the training on Swine Artificial Insemination (AI) Course for Farmers on November 11 to 13, 2020.
LOS ANGELES, Butuan City- The two (2) batches of the Digital Farmers Program (DFP) 101 was successfully conducted in the municipality of Buenavista and city of Butuan, Agusan del Norte on November 10 and 11, 2020, respectively.
This was spearheaded by the Agricultural Training Institute-Regional Training Center (ATI-RTC) 13 through its Information Services Section (ISS).
BUTUAN CITY, Agusan del Norte – Concluding its 16 episodes participated successfully by 319 individuals, the “Okay sa OA: School on-the-Air on Organic Agriculture (OA) Production” held its graduation on air last November 13, 2020 over 93.5 FM Hope Radio Philippines Butuan.
BUTUAN CITY - A total of 322 enrollees have completed the 16-week School-on-the-Air (SOA) on Inbred Rice Seeds Production and Farm mechanization under Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund-Rice Extension Services Program (RCEF-RESP).
It was 7:00 in the evening. My mind was humming Cristin Milioti’s version of La Vie En Rose from the famous TV series, How I Met Your Mother.
Hold me close and hold me fast
This magic spell you cast
This is la vie en rose
I felt the urge to play this song on my ukulele. I could not remember the chords, so I tried to play them by memory. It seemed that I had forgotten them as it had been ages since I last picked up my uke.
*Strum, strum, pluck.* When I finally got the hang of it, I continued to play other songs that I remembered and recorded them on my smartphone.
This would go on for the succeeding nights, like clockwork.
Sometimes, I listen to a full album or playlist under the stars on our garage, with Kylie, our Chow-chow, beside me, as if she’s sharing and feeling that same warm comfort that the solace of the night brings to me.
Whenever the news about the rising number of Covid cases overwhelm me, or when worries about the possibility of my brother or any of my family getting infected by the virus consume me, I turn to melodies and lyrics.
Sometimes, I feel guilty about how trivial my worries seem to be, compared to others who don’t even know how to stretch three-day’s worth of food to a week, or to how front liners have to grapple with being away from their loved ones and swallow the hard truth that they have to put their lives in danger to fulfill an oath.
Since we are facing a crisis, the first thing that gets affected negatively is our mental health. Recognizing and sitting with our feelings are the first steps to bringing balance to our thinking and our overall mental health.
We are allowed to not be okay.
As I found solace in music and space, I hope you can also find your own way to soothe your mind and heart, may it be through video calls with family members and friends, cooking sessions, gardening, exercise or supportive conversations with a friend.
Knowing that there are a lot of front liners, especially those in the medical field who keep on working against the virus, gives great encouragement for us to stay strong. I hope we can support them in any way we can and help those who find themselves in a situation of great need. Donation drives [if you have resources to spare], creative outputs, and our prayers can also go a long way.
There are a lot of changes and uncertainties in the world we are living in now. But it gives me comfort to know this:
“You can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending.” -CS Lewis
Extension services continue to evolve. With the challenges that extension workers and farmers face, the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) continues to explore various strategies to improve its efforts as the extension and training arm of the Department of Agriculture. In over 30 years, the ATI has celebrated various successes and learned from the lessons during hard times. Nonetheless, we are proud to be standing the test of time through the support of our partners and the clientele themselves. This is the ATI Today, more committed to bring you extension services beyond boundaries.