Eyes like searchlights

I was given the opportunity to visit FITS (Farmers Information and Technology Service) centers and farms of our Magsasaka Siyentistas (MS) for the search for the best and the outstanding. I wasn't an evaluator but I forced myself to observe and to notice like someone examining the evidence.

My attention over the "small stuff" supplied me the insights why they are outrunning the rest.

They become glutton for details. They documented agricultural practices and accomplishments in the delivery of information and technology services worthy of emulation without glossing over flaws and failures that taught them what not to do. Their calculated curiosity gave them fresh understanding of past and present practices that are expedient for success to happen.

They have eyes like searchlights. They kept knowing and learning even in the ordinary, unlikely situations. Their commitment to exemplary performance push them to look for better and improved ways of showcasing and extending information and technology services.

The Techno Gabay Program (TGP) Summit on October 18-19, 2017 convened TGP stakeholders in the region to enhance commitment and support of program implementers towards the sustainability of the program. During the Summit, ATI-RTC 8 honored and recognized the outstanding contribution of the FITS centers and MS in the delivery of both information and technology services.

The TGP is a program that provides a framework for a more effective and sustainable strategy for bringing the needed information and technologies to the agriculture and fishery extension clients.

Our congratulations to the Ormoc City FITS center as the best among the 100 FITS centers in the region and to Mr. Job Abuyabor as the outstanding Magsasaka Siyentista.

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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.