New information, especially about recent events and happenings at ATI, as well as the latest field activities in the Philippine agricultural and fisheries extension scene

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.

Rural Women Gathered for Briefing on Organic Agriculture

DILIMAN, QUEZON CITY--- The Department of Agriculture through the Agricultural Training Institute gathered the key people of rural women’s organizations for a briefing on the latest initiatives of the DA on Organic Agriculture.
The event gathered the regional officers and coordinators of the Home Economics Extension Association of the Philippines (HEEAP) and of the Rural Improvement Clubs (RICs), as well as the retired chiefs of the Home Extension Program of the Department in support to its goal of achieving sustainable agricultural development.

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 Trains 4-H Club Officers on Web Writing

BAGUIO CITY--- The 4-H Clubs are into web writing!
The Youth is gaining popularity not only through national awards and supporting the Department`s program on food self-sufficiency and now as partners in regaining their image over the net.

Aligning Work Values with the Organization’s: ATI Conducts Two Batches of Values Orientation Workshop

DILIMAN, Quezon City – The key for any company to successfully function and serve its clientele is a cohesive ideology between its workforce and the organization.  This unifying drive will enable them to move in one direction in a powerful pace, hence, providing its stakeholders a sound service more efficiently.

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.

Another e-Learning Course on Swine Management, Now Online!

Pig2Start your very own swine enterprise by Mastering the ABCs of Pig Production!
The latest e-Learning course on swine management is an effective guide if you are planning to venture in pig production or if you simply want to improve the farm practices in your piggery.  It is a five-module course that discusses various pig production activities like management of boars and gilts; management of dry, pregnant, and lactating sows and sows at farrowing. Also in the course are modules on management of piglets; care and management of weaner; and marketing of pigs.
The course is brought to us by Agricultural Training Institute's International Training Center on Pig Husbandry (ITCPH) and the e-Learning team of ATI’s Knowledge Products Management Division (KPMD). (Yovina-Claire R. Agsawa)

ATI-Caraga Holds 4th e-Learning Mass Graduation

LOS ANGELES, Butuan City – The Agricultural Training Institute-Regional training Center (ATI-RTC) in Caraga recently held the 4th e-Learning Mass Graduation, with a total of 368 graduates.
The graduates were comprised of agriculture students, faculty and staff from Caraga State University (CSU) and Surigao Del Sur State University (SDSSU), agricultural extension workers and farmers from the region who completed the requirements of various online courses they took from the e-Learning portal of the e-Extension Program for Agriculture and Fisheries.

ATI-RTC Caraga was the first ATI Training Center to implement the e-Learning mass graduation which is now being held annually. The ATI in Caraga implemented this activity as a strategy to lure more enrollees as well as graduates and consequenyl it has been picked up as an effective strategy by other regions such as regions IVA and VI.

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