Catheryn M. Villorente

Free Seminar Opens Doors to World of Beekeeping

DILIMAN, Quezon City—With the importance of bees in agriculture and food supply, beekeeping expert Edilee Rosales encouraged more Filipinos to engage in this venture during the first free seminar of the Agricultural Training Institute’s (ATI) this year.

Rosales, owner and general manager of Milea Bee Farm, talked about stingless beekeeping in particular, as well as types of honey-producing bees in the Philippines, maintenance of the beehive, and harvesting of honey.

Extension Strategies to be Enhanced with ‘LEADS’

ATI Director Alfredo Aton presents “Extension LEADS: Learn, Exhibit, Advise, Disseminate, and Support.”

DILIMAN, Quezon City—Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) Director Alfredo Aton urged the heads of all training centers, divisions, and units to step up the Institute’s extension services for farmers, fishers, and other stakeholders.

This was his message as he presented the ATI thrusts for 2020 onwards during the FY 2019 Annual Performance Review and FY 2020 Commitment Signing. In his presentation, Aton gave new strategic, operational, and administrative policy directions for the ATI network.

ATI Refocuses Strategies for 2021

DILIMAN, Quezon City—To improve its programs, activities, and projects for fiscal year (FY) 2021, Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) officials and planning officers gathered for a week-long evaluation and target-setting activity.

ATI Director Alfredo Aton led the undertaking and stressed that all of the Institute’s initiatives for 2021 should be consistently aligned with Agriculture Secretary William Dar’s “Masaganang Ani at Mataas na Kita” vision. To attain this, Aton emphasized the need to practice the ease of doing business.

e-Learning Program Recognized in GBPR 2019

Information Services Division chief Antonieta Arceo and Information Technology Officer Joeven Calasagsag with DAP officials at GBPR 2019.

MANILA—The e-Learning for Agriculture and Fisheries program, which is managed by the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI), was awarded as finalist in the Government Best Practice Recognition (GBPR) program of the Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP) for 2019.

The recognition highlights the program’s important role in enhancing access to agricultural knowledge in the Philippines, especially in this digital age. Information Services Division (ISD) chief Antonieta Arceo and Information Technology Officer Joeven Calasagsag received the award on behalf of the Institute.

Free Seminar Continues to Extend Awareness on Organic Farming

Engr. Martina Reyna of the La Granja Farmers and Agri-Ventures Association speaks to 200 participants of the ATI free seminar entitled "Organic Agriculture for Newbies."

DILIMAN, Quezon City—With its mission to empower and build capacities of agriculture and fisheries stakeholders for sustainable development, the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) conducted over 20 free seminars in 2019.

Spearheaded by the Partnerships and Accreditation Division (PAD), the seminar series on crops, livestock, fisheries, and urban agriculture has benefited thousands of attendees from all over the country.

ATI Employees Urged to Further Urban Farming at Harvest Festival

Harvest festival of the ATI central office employees

DILIMAN, Quezon City—To boost the efforts of the Department of Agriculture (DA) to promote urban agriculture as an easy household activity and a source of healthy, nutritious, and safe food, the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) held a harvest festival in its demo farm.

With the theme "Gulayan sa Bakuran, Kayamanan ng Bawat Tahanan,” the event gave ATI employees the opportunity to pick and take home fresh vegetables such as lettuce, pechay, ampalaya, and herbs from the “ATIng Gulayan ng DA” demo farm.

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ATI Today

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.

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