ATI Gathers Stakeholders to Review AFE Indicator System

DILIMAN, QUEZON CITY --- Agriculture extension stakeholders gathered recently to review and validate the existing performance indicators along extension, education and training services for the agriculture and fisheries sector.
As the Department of Agriculture's (DA) focal agency for agriculture and fisheries extension (AFE), the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) organized a consultation meeting with the various stakeholders in extension across the country to discuss the AFE indicator system and terminologies. Around 40 representatives came from the DA's Agriculture and Fishery Extension Network member-agencies such as the National Agriculture and Fisheries Council, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, Information Technology Center for Agriculture and Fisheries.
National government agencies like Department of Science and Technology - Philippine Council on Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resources Research and Development, Department of Interior and Local Government, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Commission on Higher Education, Department of Agrarian Reform and Technical Education and Skills Development Authority were also invited. Others who attended came from DA-Regional Field Units IVB and XI, local government units (LGUs) and the state universities and colleges.
The activity is in line with the DA's Organizational Performance Indicator Framework cascading endeavor in its pursuit to enhance the extension, education and training services for agriculture and fisheries sector.
It is imperative that these outputs be finalized to provide the Department a basis for a three-year Agricultural Sector Deveopment Plan with inputs coming from the operating units of the National Extension System for Agriculture and Fisheries. 
As ATI Deputy Director Evelyn A. Esquejo mentioned in her opening remarks there is a need to come up with common indicators and terminologies so that the effectiveness of extension programs, projects and activities could be monitored and evaluated and doubling or tripling counting of outputs can likewise be avoided. 
ATI Director Asterio P. Saliot further supported these statements and said that the ATI had been trying to come-up with the right instruments to enhance and measure the impact or effectiveness of extension delivery services. " With the correct policies and standards, DA will be able to deliver the goods and services to the LGUs and for the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) to allocate appropriate funds", he added.
Together with Dr. Esquejo, the panelists were Director Agnes Catherine Miranda and Ms. Rebecca Guadalupe from DA-Planning Service, Ms. Loida C. Uy and Mary Ann L. Ricohermo from DBM.
The meeting was held last September 8, 2010 at the Segundo C. Serrano Hall at ATI Diliman, Quezon City.(Beatriz A. Yanga with reports from Milagros C. Urbano)