HIGH-IMPACT AGRI INTERVENTION. Aside from providing trainings and capability buildings to its extension workers, the Department of Agriculture-Agricultural Training Institute-Regional Training Center 5 (DA-ATI RTC 5) equips its beneficiaries not only with farm inputs but also with ICT equipment for functional FITS Centers to maximize the knowledge of farmers and fisherfolks in agricultural technologies and innovations.
The eleven municipalities and the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist (OPAg) received ICT equipment from the Department of Agriculture- Agricultural Training Institute – Regional Training Center 5 to operationalize all Farmers Information and Technology Services (FITS) Center in the province.
During the Ceremonial Turnover of Farm Inputs and ICT Equipment held at the Provincial Capitol Dome last Thursday, Nov. 16, ATI-RTC5 OIC-Center Director Vivien Carable expressed her gratitude in behalf of ATI for the earnest support given by the province to the TIER 2 Program.
She assured that ATI as the lead agency for training and extension will continue its support to all programs of Department of Agriculture and all concerns in the agriculture sector.
“Ang atin pong Tier 2 ay nandito para po talagang maiangat po natin ang ating mga farmers sa sector ng agriculture… Ang atin pong target beneficiaries ay yung talagang nangangailangan,” she stressed.
Aside from providing Farm Inputs to its beneficiaries, ATI also gave priority to establishing and enhancing Farmers Information and Technology Services (FITS) Center through the conduct of capability building for FITS coordinators and staff and provision of ICT materials to the eleven municipalities and Office of the Provincial Agriculturist.
FITS aims to aid and maximize the knowledge of the farmers and fisherfolks regarding innovations and updates on agricultural technologies, OIC-Center Director Carable explained.
“FITS Center is a one stop information Center and shop for agriculture catering not only to farmers and fisherfolks but also to students, farmers, fisherfolks, rural women and youth, agripreneurs and anyone interested in agriculture,” according to OIC Provincial Agriculturist Nelia B. Teves.
At present, 6 municipalities have established FITS Center and there were also FITS Center housed in the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist (OPAg) and in Philippine Fiber Development Authority (PhilFIDA) for abaca.
Through the TIER 2 Program, all FITS Center in the province are aided to be fully functional to enable and provide ready access information or data to its clients, Teves said.
BENEFITED BY ATI.One of the eleven municipalities to receive the after training support from ATI, Caramoran Mayor Agnes Popa is joined by ATI-RTC5 OIC Central Director Vivien Carable, Gov. Cua, OIC Prov’l Agriculturist Nelia Teves and personnel from their Municipal Agriculture Office.
With their programs and activities devoted to capability building of their extension workers, OIC-Center Director Carable explicated that they have limited response to after training support given that production support is mainly carried out by the Department of Agriculture and the local government units as another pillars of extension.
On the other hand, Governor Joseph C. Cua conveyed his gratitude to Department of Agriculture- Agricultural Training Institute – Regional Training Center 5 for implementing Tier 2 Program in Catanduanes.
“Despite being blessed with rich natural resources, Catanduanes is among the low-income class provinces in the Bicol Region hence ATI-TIER 2 is of great help to the province,” Gov. Cua stressed.
He commended ATI-RTC 5 OIC-Center Director Vivien V. Carable for personally coming to the event to hand the farm inputs and ICT equipment to the beneficiaries as support to the province’s agricultural undertakings.
Likewise, he thanked the mayors for their support and hoped that they share one purpose which is to give priority to agriculture.
GESTURE OF APPRECIATION. ATI-RTC 5OIC-Center Director Vivien V. Carable gives the Certificate of Appreciation to Gov. Cua for the Provincial Government’s full support to ATI-TIER 2 Program as its major partner in improving the lives of every Catandunganon.
It may be recalled that the Provincial Government of Catanduanes signed a Memorandum of Agreement with ATI for operationalizing the TIER 2 Program in the province last March 23, 2017.
The program is an Extension Support to the Twenty-two Priority Provinces in the Philippines to increase agricultural productivity towards food security and poverty alleviation.
Beneficiaries of the DA-ATI, TIER 2 Program whereidentified by the Tier 2 Municipal Coordinators through the conduct of barangay needs and validation assessment.
Each identified priority barangays or communities focused on their chosen livelihood projects such as chicken egg production, swine production, goat production, rice-duck farming system, millet production, rice production, organic vegetable production, and lacatan production.
Further, Office of the Provincial Agriculturist (OPAg) also identified its beneficiary which focused on vegetable production while Catanduanes Goat and Sheep Raisers Association (CAGSRA) identified by Provincial Veterinary Office (PVO) focused on goat production.
THANKS TO ATI. Conveying his gratitude to DA-ATI for the extension support onagriculture, Gov. Cua emphasized how ATI’s TIER 2 Programreally helped in the province’s agricultural undertakings.