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A Pile to Smile About

On September 9, 2011, I attended the joint meeting of the Region Eight Applied Communications Task Force (REACTF) and the Regional Management Information System-Core Group (RMIS-CG) of the Visayas Consortium for Agriculture and Resources Program. Part of the discussion was the upcoming silver anniversary and debut of the REACTF and RMIS-CG, respectively, in June 2012. Dr. Wolfreda T. Alesna who presided the meeting, shared how both groups started and how we become what we are at present.

Cause and Consequence

In November 2010 Mr. Armel Lozano sought ATI-RTC 8 assistance for his thesis “Conditions Leading to Completion and Discontinuance of Enrollees to ATI e-Learning for Agriculture and Fishery Program in Eastern Visayas”. Seeing this as an opportunity for an improved e-Learning service to our clienteles, the Center gladly assisted him.

The e-Team

There is an A-Team and another an e-Team.

The A-Team is a fictional group of ex-United States Army Special Forces personnel who work as soldiers of fortune. Each team member has specialization which complements that of the other in the team,making them formidable.

My e-Village Experience

We set out for Baler, Aurora at 7:00am on May 18. The journey was long and tiring, which was aptly described by Olan when he quipped, "Nakakailang panaginip na ako nasa Nueva Ecija pa rin". We reached our destination, Aurora Technological Insitute (ATI) at 4:30pm.

e-Extension CoMotion

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.


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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