Nemo dat quod non habet

Nemo dat quod non habet.. a prevalent Latin expression which means you cannot give what you do not have. True enough! One cannot give a penny if his own pocket is empty, bread if his own stomach grumbles or a factual program if he himself is misled. I’ve been at the Techno-Gabay Program Appreciation Course in Bohol just recently. It was really a good experience. A lot of times were allotted to, uhm well, appreciate! Not to mention the five-star accommodation where you can have a 360 view of the whole island. Thank you RTC-7 for your overwhelming hospitality!

The said appreciation course is in line with the turn-over of the Techno-Gabay program from DOST-PCARRD to ATI. The process of transition is within three years. During the course, resource persons from DOST-PCARRD make the most of everything to make us understand the “ins and outs” of the program. As I was trying to grasp the things handed down in front of me, three things were creeping up inside. First, like most of us in the RTC’s, we are new in the bandwagon. We are not even a member of an accredited consortium and yet we are here to handle the program ourselves. Second, collaboration is the key for a successful establishment of Techno-Gabay and/or FITS Centers in our respective regions. It is a reality that most people ask the primary question of “What can we get from that program?” or “What can we have in return?” Techno-Gabay Program doesn’t encourage dole outs. A beneficiary should certainly commit itself to counter parting and as a rule of thumb, never promise anything! Some might be mistakenly lost in thinking that we will provide everything from IEC materials to cellcards for internet browsing?! Third, why is there a turnover of the program? Does this mean additional workload for us e-extension coordinators? This absolutely is a wrong notion of the program. Turning over the Techno-Gabay program with ATI only attests to the agency’s credibility in doing efficient delivery of extension services. Quoting Ms. Evelyn Aro-Esquejo as saying; “Let’s not look at it as additional burden for ATI, rather let’s see it as acknowledgement of our capabilities.” Still after these insights, I come to my senses and cling to my basic principle of time. Everything has its proper time! In time, we will perfectly understand this program. In time, we will be ready to implement with ease and conviction the TGP. And besides, we still have three more years to internalize the proram. But this will happen if we fully own it as if it were the first fruits of our labour and if we own and have it, then and only then we can share it to others.