OPPORTUNITIES. The world continues to offer glittering prizes to those with stout (courageous and determined) hearts and sharp swords. It only comes once. And the moment it comes, you have to grab it – for it may never come back. The Department of Agriculture thru the Agricultural Training Institute RTC IV-B (MIMAROPA) provides opportunities to everyone, especially to the younger generation, to pursue their dreams by studying agriculture-related courses.
Another year had passed that brought together the e-Extension coordinators for the e-Extension CoMotion: 3rd Program Assessment and Planning Workshop last March 15-19, 2010 at Oasis Hotel in Angeles City, Pampanga .
Year 2009 was a momentous year for e-Extension with the launching of Text Support Center in February and eventually the Farmers' Contact Center (FCC) in November. With both services formally launched under the e-Farming component of the e-Extension program comes the challenge of making it reach to the ultimate clients, the farmers.
SACY is what we called him when he was still with the Department of Agriculture. It stands for Secretary Arthur C. Yap, a man we have known that has high standards since we started working with him. I remember he had some frustrations with ATI as the Institute could hardly cope up with his expectations as the training and extension arm of the Department.
We look back to the year that was....
An e-empowered extension workers and farmers via its Agriculture and Fishery courses offered online.
Increased confidence in what we do with the implementation of the TextSupport and Farmers Contact Center (FCC)
That was a phrase that struck me eons ago. Whoever put it up in the school’s bulletin board should probably have put it in Pilipino or English, so I would have really understood what it was trying to say, so I would have really asked myself and pondered upon and meditated on my, er, direction.
Nevertheless it is a phrase that keeps popping up in my mind rather frequently lately. Other people must be asking themselves the same question. It is good to ask oneself once in a while where one is going – a kind of self-reassessment.
Last August and September this year, I was privilege to attend separate workshops in Dumaguete and Davao Cities. I experienced the hospitality and progress of these two popular cities. In Dumaguete City, you will be greeted by friendly and smiling people, and relatively peaceful surroundings wherever you go. No wonder this place is known as the “city of gentle people.” In Davao city, you will be overwhelmed by the various varieties of fresh, cheap and delicious fruits in almost any corner of the market. Both cities are centers of education in their respective regions.
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.