4-H Clubs in the Philippines review past accomplishments, identify strategies for 2011

Youth cannot know how age thinks and feels.
But old men are guilty if they forget what it is to be young.
SAN MATEO, Rizal --    As such, the 4-H club in the Philippines was formed mostly for the out -of- school youth who cannot get formal education due to poverty could enjoy the privilege of being recognized and uplift their lives through livelihood projects provided by the Philippine Government.
From a lethargic organization, it has been transformed into a more dynamic and functioning organization when the 4-H Club Youth Development Program (4-H YDP) was formulated. The 4-H YDP is the flagship program of the Department of Agriculture (DA) for empowering the youth, particularly those in the agriculture and fisheries sector. Since then, the program has made significant strides in addressing the needs of the 4-H Clubs across the country, hence, it has been a big help for the DA to achieve its goals in agriculture and rural development.

With this, as the year 2010 ends, the DA's extension and training arm -- the Agricultural Training Institute -- recently called for a Year-end Meeting and Planning Workshop for the 4-H Club Youth Development Program. A total of 55 representatives from the rural-based organizations (RBOs), DA-Regional Field Unit's Farm Youth Development Program, regional 4-H Clubs, as well as the International Farm Youth Exchange - Philippines Chapter and the Volunteer Leaders' Association of the Philippines participated in the activity.

During the workshop, the group discussed and reviewed the past accomplishments of the 4-H Club by regions; prepared a work and financial plan for 2011 and identified strategies on how to respond to the issues and concerns encountered.
The three-day workshop was held last December 7 to 9, 2010 at Ciudad Christhia Resort, San Mateo, Rizal. (Beatriz A. Yanga with reports from Benedicta A. Dimaranan, photos from Asley L. Adorio & Rey Emmanuel O. Burgos))