ATI Region VI Hosts its 1st RCEF TOT Blended Learning Course

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BANGA, AKLAN – ATI Region 6 hosts its first batch of flexible learning modality with conduct of Training of Trainers on the Production of High-quality Inbred Rice and Seeds, and Farm Mechanization that runs from September 14-25, 2020. The first phase was conducted via Zoom Platform that focused more on lectures and micro teaching while the second phase was done face-to-face that carried out the hands-on activities held at Dreamer’s Valley Camp & Resort, Buenavista, Tigbauan, Iloilo. Twenty participants composed of Agricultural Extension Workers (AEWs), Learning Site Cooperators, and TESDA trainers from Capiz and Iloilo were in attendance to this training.

Dr. Eden Delos Reyes Bautista, Center Director, welcomed the participants via virtual message during the Opening Program. She expressed her gratitude for the support of ATI partners in agricultural development, stressing that the goal of the Department of Agriculture’s “Masaganang Ani at Mataas na Kita” will be attained through partnerships. She also emphasized that this batch of training is a little bit different from the previous because we adopted the new normal scheme.

During the first 10 days, the participants have undergone series of lectures and workshops on Transformational Leadership, Palay Check System in Rice Production, Machinery Operation and Safety, Financial Analysis, Agro-Ecosystem Analysis (AESA), Policies and Guidelines on Seed Certification. Special topics in rice production, Presentation and Communication Skills, Principles of Adult Learning, and Basic Financial Literacy were also included. In addition, they were required to submit a 10-minute video presentation of their chosen topics for micro teaching that gave them the chance to practice their facilitation and presentation skills. While, in the face-to-face activities, they were given the opportunity to operate various kinds farm machineries and equipment such as four-wheel tractor with cultivator, automatic rice seeder, riding type transplanter, and combined harvester. Agro-Ecosystem Analysis (AESA), Rouging, and Minus One Element Technique (MOET) were also included during their hands-on activities.
During the closing program, Vianney T. Ojerio, Development Management Officer II, congratulated the participants as the first batch of graduates in the new normal modality and challenged them to create impacts in their farming communities.

This activity aims to create a pool of trainers with enhanced knowledge, skills, and attitude on the implementation of the Modified Season-Long Farmer Field School (FFS) on the Production of High-Quality Inbred Rice and Seeds and heightened sense of mission in helping farmers to become competitive through Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (RCEF). The same activity will be conducted in the remaining months of this quarter.

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