ATI in Central Luzon
Tomy Garma is presently enjoying a life which he, initially, thought would only exist in his dreams. He wasn’t able to obtain a college degree, and never enrolled in any agriculture-related course, but he fulfilled his dream of becoming a successful farmer through hard work, continuous learning, and open mindedness. He is a living proof that hope can make wonders and that seizing a better life is possible. And so, Mr. Garma, now, dedicates himself in sharing his blessings so that others may succeed, too.
The Agricultural Training Institute in Central Luzon (ATI-CL), in partnership with local government units and state universities and colleges (SUCs) in the region, granted the EAsY (Educational Assistance for the Youth) Agri Scholarship to 14 selected agriculture, fisheries, and agricultural and biosystems engineering students in Central Luzon.
Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) have been cited as the “new heroes”, but in the life of Roberto Lintag, he went home to pursue another heroic line of work: farming.
According to the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), there are 2.3 million OFWs as of 2018 and most of them perform menial jobs. The former carpenter, Roberto Lintag, might have remained an OFW had he not seen the opportunities from a piece of land he inherited from his father.
Venturing towards a different path
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.