Mindanao Group Joins in the Techno Gabay Regional Consultation-Workshop

MATINA APLAYA, Davao City – In view of institutionalizing the Techno Gabay Program (TGP) as another extension delivery of the Department of Agriculture (DA), various stakeholders gathered together to assess and formulate strategies for a more effective program implementation this time in Mindanao.
Through a consultation-workshop organized by the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) as the DA's extension and training arm, together with the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCARRD) of the Department of Science and Technology, the participants were composed of coordinators from the regional consortia, Regional Applied Communication Office (RACO), Regional Management Information System (RMIS), ATI's designated Techno Gabay coordinators and team leaders of the Partner Member Agencies of the Program.
The Mindanao group was divided into two batches consisted of regions 9, 12 and the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao for the first batch and regions 10, 11 and 13 for the second batch.

The activity aimed to brief the group on the status of program as well as to introduce the parallel extension activities of ATI.  Likewise, workshops were conducted to discuss the plans, programs and strategies on the institutionalization and to draw out lessons learned and identify recommendations for the improvement of the operation of the Farmers' Information Technology Service (FITS) Centers including the services of the Magsasaka Syentista (MS) in the regions. Field visits were also conducted to selected FITS centers as well as to the Science and Technology-Based Farms (STBF) of some MS for the participants to further grasp the best practices of the program.
The institutionalization of TGP to ATI takes a two-year process and so ATI Director Asterio P. Saliot urged the participants to see the added workload as an opportunity instead of as a burden.
“It is an honor for us for the fact that the TGP is entrusted to us with PCARRD and the State Universities and Colleges as our partners. When we accepted the challenge, we should live up to it. It is a big challenge but we see it as an opportunity so we can do the job” Saliot said during his message to the participants.
The consultation-workshop was held at the Felis Resort Complex, Shanghai, Matina Aplaya, Davao City last September 5 to 9, 2011. (Benedict Natividad)