Know Your One Great Love

In this world of I, me and mine, it is a gem to find one who cares for others and the environment. In our quest for more we hurt people, abuse the land and neglect our health.

Going back to Negros Occidental on April 17-20 for the message development communication planning-workshop for the advocacy and promotion of organic agriculture was a refreshing realization on the values behind the creation of wealth and health.

The RU Foundry and Machine Corporation exists to transform lives and preserve nature. They work for a better environment and a better future, thus they go organic agriculture. As staunch supporter of the organic movement, they committed to buy organically-grown products of small farmers. It was a risk they took to help those who have less in life and to encourage adoption of organic agriculture for better income, healthy environment and sound lifestyle. Their passion to help is contagious.

What was thought-provoking was the insight shared to us by Engr Uy about a friend who told him, “I am happy of my work because I am paid to help others”. Think about it.

At Monchito Farm we were once more reminded with these principles: no Filipino should go hungry in his own land, there is no unproductive soil only unproductive farmer, there is money in the countryside, and the farmer who does not pray is not a farmer. These are pillars that stand tall in Mr Mon Penalosa's organic and integrated farm.

Mr Penalosa's vision (he called it 4D vision) transformed his 3,000 sq m demo farm into a million-earner farm. To him, he is not just a farmer but an agri-preneur. This is his one great passion that moved him to help fellow farmers become entrepreneurs, his one great love.

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.