Professor Ardniel Baladjay, PhD of the University of Southern Mindanao (USM) says he has always been on the lookout for innovative and updated ways of teaching, beyond the usual lecture-discussion structure.
With government directives in place to avoid the spread of coronavirus, Dr. Baladjay is relieved that he was able to introduce his students to the eLearning Program for Agriculture and Fisheries by the Department of Agriculture – Agricultural Training Institute (DA-ATI) even prior to the lockdown.
Cooperators of Learning Sites for Agriculture (LSAs) and Extension Service Providers (ESPs) of the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) are cultivating seeds of compassion as they help their communities in their own ways during the global pandemic.
Since the alarming spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the country, the whole of Luzon, including the entire Metro Manila, and some parts of Visayas and Mindanao have been placed in an Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ).
A first class municipality with around 60,000 people, Solano, Nueva Vizcaya is a premier town which serves as the commercial center in the province. Despite this, the local government unit (LGU) continues to improve its agricultural productivity, particularly its corn industry.
With commitment to contribute to the country’s overall development, Solano shapes its agricultural activities to support poverty alleviation, social equity, food security, and sustainable growth through rational use of resources, protection from unfair competition, and people empowerment.
A fourth class municipality in the province of Isabela, Burgos is known for its competitive corn farming industry. As a top corn-producing area, the municipal government maintains high standards for productivity to ensure self-sufficiency for its total population of around 24,000.
Situated in the northeastern part of Zamboanga del Sur, surrounded by vast land and water resources, the Municipality of Molave continues to provide significant contributions in the overall agricultural productivity in Zamboanga Peninsula.
Molave is a first class municipality producing various crops, including corn which is the second most important crop in the country. Its local government unit (LGU) was able to execute strategies to double its productivity for quality corn and further expand good agricultural practices (GAP) in the municipality.
Since 2015, Butuan has garnered recognition four times in the National Quality Corn Achievers Awards of the Department of Agriculture. But the laurels are not stopping the local government and its people to continue their mission to bring about sufficient production of local corn grains towards food security.
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.