Extension governance

Department of Agriculture 2011 Year-end Report

Republic of the Philippines
1.    The most significant achievement of the Department of Agriculture this year was restoring the trust of the farmers and other agriculture stakeholders in government.  I took over a department that was scandal ridden and listed among the most corrupt agencies of government.[1]  The DA is no longer in that list.[2]   Knowing the ground situation by listening was an important first step.  I visited all the 16 regions of the country – reaching 58 out of 80 provinces.  I met with farmers and other local groups,   the DA people, the local government officials, investors in agriculture and all those who believe that agriculture holds the key to our country’s progress. To them we delivered the message that we in government will do our part, but will work in partnership with them.

P-Noy, Alcala lead nation in honoring 2011 Gawad Saka national winners

Department of Agriculture
Office of the Secretary
Elliptical Rd., Diliman, Quezon City
Press Release
December 13, 2011

President Benigno S. Aquino III and Agriculture Secretary Proceso J. Alcala lead the nation in honoring this year’s national winners of the Gawad Saka, or the annual search for outstanding achievers in agriculture and fisheries, in simple ceremonies, December 13, 2011, at Rizal Hall, in Malacañang. 
For their respective accomplishments, the 2011 Gawad Saka national winners, composed of 14 individuals and nine groups, will each receive a Presidential citation and trophy, and corresponding cash incentives for individual winners and project grants for group winners, totaling Php 4.25 million.

ATI Outlines Agriculture and Fishery Extension Plan for CY 2012-2016

DILIMAN, Quezon City – The Agricultural Training Institute (ATI), together with the regional field units (RFUs), attached bureaus and agencies of the Department of Agriculture (DA) as well as representatives from various local government units (LGU) and the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), started concretizing the Philippine Agriculture and Fishery Extension (AFE) Strategic Plan for the calendar year 2012 to 2016.  This strategic plan will serve as a roadmap to efficiently and effectively deliver extension services and appropriations indicated in the Agriculture and Fisheries Modernization Act (AFMA), otherwise known as the Republic Act 8435.

ATI Reviews Performance for 1st sem 2011


TAGAYTAY CITY ---  Around 52 key officers and senior staff of the Institute gathered together to review and assess their accomplishments for the first semester vis-a-vis ATI work and financial plan for this year. 
The activity ensured the Institute to deliver its extension programs more effectively and continued contribution to food security  and increased sector resilience to climate change risks  of the Philippine Medium Term Development Plan for 2011 to 2016.

Treading New Horizons on Extension: ATI Conducts Seminar-Workshop on Developing the Functional/System’s Program and Budget for AFE

DILIMAN, Quezon City  --  The Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) as the Department of Agriculture’s (DA) apex agency on extension, gears up for the emerging new directions on agriculture and fisheries extension (AFE) that is being planned starting 2012 and beyond.  With DA’s shift on its planning and budgeting framework from commodity-based to function-based, ATI considered it is important to conduct the Seminar-Workshop on Developing the Functional/System’s Program and Budget for AFE.

The goal of DA budgeting by function or policy instrument is not only to attain efficiency but also to insure the accelerated attainment of the outcomes or goals of agriculture modernization as spelled out in the Agriculture and Fishery Modernization Act (AFMA). 

Mainstreaming Agri-Pinoy as the Strategic Framework for All DA Programs

DILIMAN, QUEZON CITY -- To be able to encompass the majority of the needs of the agriculture and fisheries sector of the country, the Department of Agriculture (DA) presents the new strategic framework of Agri-Pinoy for all its programs from 2011 and beyond.

ATI Intensifies its Monitoring and Evaluation System for Better Governance

CURRIMAO, Ilocos Norte – When a sound project monitoring and evaluation equates to a successful project, an agency must ensure it has a good system in place.
That is why the Department of Agriculture – Agricultural Training Institute (DA-ATI) called forth its Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) officers, report officers and selected senior staff for a four-day capability training to supplement their knowledge, skills and attitude in the latest and improved M&E tools such as the web-based Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation System (PMES).

DA-ATI holds Symposium-Workshop on Global Competitiveness for AFE Services

DILIMAN, QUEZON CITY --- Going globally in terms of dealing with other countries also calls for agriculture and fisheries extension (AFE) services.
This is in line with the mandate given to the Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Training Institute (DA-ATI) through Republic Act No. 8435 or the Agriculture and Fisheries Modernization Act (AFMA) of 1997. The law stated the need for the country's global competitiveness for the agriculture and fisheries sector to cope up with the increasingly globalized and liberalized marketplace.

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