Be One of a Kind

Known as ‘Nong Frank’ in his locality, this 48-year-old man is indeed a oneof-a-kind farmer. He went from being a typical and conventional one to a
Gawad Saka awardee and Magsasaka Siyentista.

A Woman’s Advocacy on Organic Farming

Evangeline Guden Luceño, an advocate of organic farming, continues her passion by producing and selling her certified organic products to benefit the people and the community

“Vangie”, as her friends call her, is an active member of the Rural Improvement Club (RIC) in Pagadian City. She was blessed with a loving and supportive husband and four children. She is an advocate of organic farming.

A Nurse Wanna-Be turned Outstanding Extension Worker

Being a farmer herself, she really walks the talk. All the things she learned in trainings were applied in her farm for farmers to see and experience.

“If it’s meant to be, it will be.” Who would have thought that the person who had wanted to be a nurse someday would end up being an agricultural extension worker and will be awarded as Rice and Corn Achiever for two consecutive years.

From Disappointments to Appointments

An Agriculturist’s Rise to Success

Richel, or Don-don as his peers call him, has inspired many farmers and technicians for many years through his skills and expertise. He is currently an agriculturist, a corn specialist, an agricultural trainer, and the current Training Specialist II at the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) in Region XI. However, the road to his professional career was not entirely a smooth highway.

Humble Beginnings


Losing her father at a very young age made Helen Sarmiento the tough woman that she is today. Her passion and dedication to be of service to others and her patience in overcoming any obstacle that comes her way is what makes her stand out as an agricultural extension worker (AEW) in the province of Zamboanga del Sur. Helen presently holds the position of Agriculturist II at the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist in Pagadian City. She is the ruralbased organization (RBO) focal person and is in charge of the search for outstanding farmer.

Surviving a Painful Past


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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