May 2009 e-Extension Agenda 1Vol. I No. 3 May 2009 e-Learning Reloaded What’s Inside Knowledgebase forS ince its launching in December to April 3, 2009 at ATI-CAR in A&F expanding--------------2 2007, the e-Learning La Trinidad, Benguet, which was component of the e-Extension participated by 25 courseware ATI RTCProgram for Agriculture and Fisherie developers and coordinators of the Webmasters enhancehas received positive feedbacks and ATI’s e-Learning offfices (eLO). ATIiNteractive--------------2citations both here and abroad. The activity was also a good To further strengthen the venue for reloading the e-Learning Aurora e-Villagedelivery of e-Learning services, component with a new set of Project -----------------------4the Agricultural Training Institute courses this year and with some(ATI), the lead implementing more features to enhance it further, Demystifying e-Learningagency of the e-Extension Program, one year after its inception. in Palawan-------------------6conducted an assessment and page3 review workshop last March 29 ELOs From Palawan---------6
2 e-Extension Agenda May 2009Knowledgebase for A & F expandingI ntensifying its commitment to particularly the Bureau of Animal help its stakeholders especially Industry, Bureau of Agricultural the farmers and fishers in the Research, Bureau of Agriculturalcountry, the Agricultural Training Statistics, Fertilizer andInstitute (ATI) spearheaded the Pesticide Authority, GinintuangMeeting on the Development of the Masaganang Ani (GMA)Initial Knowledgebase on Agriculture Programs on Corn and Highand Fisheries last Value Commercial Crops (HVCC),March 10, 2009 at Agriculturalthe Agriculture and Focal Persons set the MarketingFisheries Knowledge tone in developing the Assistance Focal Persons from the various AFEN agenciesCenter at the ATI Service, initial knowledgebase gathered for a meeting with Mr. Rey Alo discuss-Central Office, Philippine ing the text support for farmersDiliman, Quezon CoconutCity. Authority, and for the pool of experts involved in Together with the Agriculture Bureau of Postharvest Research the activity.and Fisheries Extension Network Extension. Each was represented Noting its important(AFEN) member agencies, the ATI with the designated focal contribution to the success ofhopes to realize its objective of person. the text support center, ATI Asst.building a knowledge base and Discussed during the Dir. Alberto B. Maningding urgedcreate a pool of experts for the Text meeting were the overview and the focal persons to keep theirSupport Center. the status of the e-Extension communication lines open for AFEN partners present during Program for A & F, the Text possible queries.(BCNatividad)the meeting are the agencies under Support Center for A & F and thethe Department of Agriculture, formulation of terms of reference ATI-RTC Webmasters Enhance ATIiNteractive The e-Extension Agenda Vol. I No. 2T December 2008 o have a faster and better the ATI Central office. The training service for our clients have was initiated by the Knowledge Editor Theresa Aurora B. Cosico always been my dream for Products Management Division Writers Anna Marie N. MedranoATI and through ICT I think we (KPMD). Vic Thor A. Palarcacould achieve this.” This was the The training aims to conform Benedict C. Natividadmessage of ATI Director Asterio to the overall theme of ATIi and familiarize the participants to the Contributors Primalou Imperial (ATI-RTC 5)P. Saliot to the participants during Merrian Piquero Soliva (ATI-RTC 6)the WebMasters’ Site Theming salient features of the websiteWorkshop for ATiInteractive (ATIi) as well as the ATI’s intranet. Layout Artist Benedict C. Natividadtraining last April 21 to 23 2009 at Participants came from the ATI Training Centers nationwide, Editorial Consultants Antonieta J. Arceo Pamela MG. Mappala who are all designated as ATI Jose Rey Y. Alo e-Learning webmasters. ATIiN is a webportal Process Adviser for the Philippine extension Advisers and training which consists of AD Evelyn Aro-Esquejo MNSA, CESO VI the official website of ATI, the AD Alberto B. Maningding MNSA, CESO IV Dir. Asterio P. Saliot MNSA, CESO III e-Extension Program site, ATI intranet and ATI webmail. During the opening program, Mr. Alo, e-Learning Process Adviser, ATI’s Assistant Director Evelyn briefing the webmasters on the work page 4 that will be doing in the 3-day training
May 2009 e-Extension Agenda 3 From page 1 informed the participants on a e-Learning Reloaded collaborative project between the Philippines Department of Agriculture (DA) and the United Furthermore, the participants States Department of Agriculturewere refreshed on their roles (USDA), which includes e-Extensionand responsibilities as well as as one of its components. He saidintroduced and familiarized on the that the results of the assessmentnew features of the system. and review workshop will be During the Opening Program, incorporated in this undertaking.Deputy Director for Policy and To date, 17 e-Learning OfficesAdministration Evelyn Aro-Esquejo (eLOs) all over the country have ATI-CAR ELO coordinators Bong Bong Bulli-eexpressed that the participants been established with 38 eLO and Max Aromin discuss their output duringcan reflect on the results of the coordinators and 40 courseware the workshopworkshop and consider these for developers trained to assist in thefuture reference in identifying what administration and development in Puerto Princesa and Aboabo,is lacking with the program and of the e-learning courses. This Sofronio Espanola and the Bureauwhat needs to be improved in the comprises the 13 ATI Regional of Fisheries and Aquatic Resourcesfuture. She also congratulated Training Centers in Regions I, II, - Regional Fisheries Training Centerthe ATI-Knowledge Products III, IV-A, IV-B, V, VI, VII, VIII, IV-B.(AMNMedrano)Management Division (KPMD) for X, XI, Caraga and the Cordilleraconsistently taking the initiative in Administrative Region, the ATI-holding such activities. International Training Center Deputy Director for Agriculture on Pig Husbandry, the Palawanand Fisheries Extension Operations Agricultural Experiment StationPalawan launches e-Extension HubAlberto B. Maningding likewisefor Agri and Fisheries in the promotion and carrying out of DA’s e-Extension Program forA fter its conceptualization in Agricultural Experiment Stations in Agriculture and Fisheries. 2007, the e-Extension Hub of Abo-abo and Puerto Princesa. An initiative of ATI-Regional Palawan was finally launched The event was graced by Training Center IV-B, a Php 5last March 19, 2009 in Barangay Department of Agriculture million fund from the DA-GMA-Abo-abo, Sofronio Española in (DA) Assistant Secretary Salvador HVCC Program through Cong.Southern Palawan. Salacup, Congressman Abraham Baham Mitra was allotted for the This was held in conjunction Kahlil Mitra, Dr. Rene Rafael construction of e-learning facilitieswith the launching and turn- Espino, Program Director of the and provision of trainings.over of Southern Palawan DA’s Ginintuang Masaganang (AMNMedrano)Tabu-an Center, a structure Ani-High Value Commercial Cropsbuilt to serve as a market and (GMA HVCC) Program, Dr. Antoniotrading place for the agricultural G. Gerundio, Regional Executiveproduce of farmers and fishers Director of DA-Regional Field Unitin the area. Another highlight of IV-B and Director Asterio P. Saliotthe event was the ceremonial of DA-Agricultural Training Instituteturn-over of computers for (DA-ATI).the partner agencies in the Dir. Saliot explained duringimplementation of e-Extension the program the importance ofactivities in Palawan. With this, information dissemination ine-Extension Offices have been facilitating trade of agricultural products. He further noted that Together with ATI Director Asterio P. Saliot, DAestablished at the Bureau of the DA-ATI has been very active Assistant Secretary Salvador Salacup and RFUFisheries Aquatic Resources- IV-B RED Dr. Antonio Gerundio, Cong. BahamRegional Fisheries Training Center in collaborating with all agencies Mitra launched the Palawan agri and fisheriesIV-B and the Palawan of DA as well as the Department techno hub of Science and Technology (DOST)
4 e-Extension Agenda May 2009From page 2 What are our e-Learners SayATI-RCT Webmasters enhance... “The information presented back to the Philippines for goodAro-Esquejo reiterated that the in the course (Banana1) was starting next year, 2009 to finallyPhilippines is one of the leaders in well-laid out, detailed and do something on my piece of landterms of extension delivery system comprehensible... didn’t have in Sariaya, Quezon that now lieand she expressed her appreciation to attend field demonstrations idle. I have been in search ofto the efforts exerted by the because the images were appropriate plants to grow ... Iwebmasters to make ATI’s dream understandable and clear enough.” thought in the intervening monthscome true — that is enhancing the — Francisco Calang, Agusan del I could learn something that Icorporate image of the Institute in Norte, February 2008 could apply when I get back. Thatthe world wide web. is the reason for my trying to Featured during the three- “...thank you for providing me enroll. Anyway I hope to try myday training were the lectures access to this unique site. This luck again if I’m finally in theon the concept of theming is a very good outreach program Philippines. In the meantime I willversus designing, accessing and you are providing to people who definitely access your technokits.understanding the Google Analytics will be interested to learn agri Once again my thanks and keep upwhich were all discussed by Mr. from comforts of their home and the good work.”Joserey Y. Alo, ATI’s eLearning anytime at that. Keep up the good — Romeo Maghirang, Vancouver,Process Advisor. work.” Canada, August 2008 Google Analytics is a tool — Raymund Reyes, Manila,used to monitor the site traffic January 2009 “Thanks for being of invaluableof a certain website. Mr. Alo also help to agricultural extensiondiscussed the new features, as well “...I would like to thank you for workers. Keep it up!”as the overview and participants these great ideas. MABUHAY — Jenny Lorenzo, January 2009walk through the new corporate PO KAYO! I have 12 hectarestheme of ATIi. Guided workshops of farm lot in Subic, Zambales “We are so blessed for havingon site tweaking, node aliasing and wherein I am planning to establish these very informative Courses.legacy theme troubleshooting were the feed resources of my future Thank you very much and morelikewise completed.(BCNatividad) herds. I am also interested in power to you!” planting citrus.” — Eugene A. Billones, Naga City, — James Wong, Jeddah, Saudi November 2008 Arabia, September 2008 “I am actually planning on going
May 2009 e-Extension Agenda 5ATI, partner agencies to implement Aurora e-Village ProjectT he Department of Angara – Castillo. During the Agriculture’s Agricultural opening program, she welcomed Training Institute (DA-ATI), the participants in the province oftogether with the Development Aurora and expressed her gratitudeAcademy of the Philippines (DAP), to the project implementers forDA-Philippine Rice Research this initiative. According to her, thisInstitute (PhilRice), and the project will link Aurora’s farmersProvincial Government of Aurora and fisherfolks to the outside worldwill implement a project for the and available markets for their Aurora’s governor, Hon. Bellaflor Angara–Aurora Province entitled “Providing products. She claimed that she is Castillo gives her message to the participantsGreater Access to Rural Families excited with this project as she of the planning workshop.of Aurora Province: Connecting herself is technology illiterate andVillages Amidst Mountains thru would glad to learn together with developed.Information and Communications her constituents. The ATI is designated as theTechnology” or the “Aurora e-Village During the workshop, the lead implementing agency forProject.” participants revisited the program the project. The project aims to To jumpstart its implementation, design including the anticipated integrate ICT as part of a rurala planning workshop was held results and impact of the program. community’s life to improvein Baler, Aurora last March 12 to Results based indicators were access to information, enhance13, 2009 participated in by the also identified as basis for productivity, increase family incomerespective project teams of DAP, monitoring and evaluation as well and improve quality of life in thePhilRice, ATI and the Provincial as establishment of baseline data. community.(AMNMedrano)Government of Aurora. Lastly, a project operational work The activity was graced by and financial plan for 2009 wasAurora’s governor, Hon. Bellaflor From page 7 Techno Guide on year of working earnestly... Corn Production Out Now!!! government workers such as myself but everyone involved in research, Includes the following development, and extension) quite brochures: • Corn Cultural Management simply demands that we keep up • Corn Industry Profile with the times to be relevant in • Management Guide for the our work. “This is not the best Various Growth Stages of way, it is the only way” (I believe Corn it as had been said by someone, • Pest and Disease of Corn somewhere). After a year of • Cost and Return of successes and lessons learned, this Investment in Corn remains to be a dictum we must Production • Harvest and Postharvest work by. Operations for Corn
6 e-Extension Agenda May 2009 Palawan demystified on e-Learning for A & FT he e-Extension Program participants and explained that with Princesa, Palawan. This seminar for Agriculture and the advent of electronic age, faster is made possible through the Fisheries has reached the transfer of information through initiatives of Agricultural Trainingshores of Palawan. the use of new technologies is Institute - Regional Training Center Since its inception in expected. He also mentioned that -IV B (ATI-RTC-IVB).2007, the 15th Seminar on the information that the participants A total of 59 participants fromDemystifying e-Learning on received from the seminar are all the agencies of Department ofAgriculture and Fisheries new and would really be of useful Agriculture in Region IV-B (DA)was held on March 16, 2009 to them. including the Palawan Agriculturalin Bureau of Fisheries and The seminar aims to introduce Experiment Station (PAES),Aquatic Resources-Regional and answer all the questions and BFAR-RFTC and the ATI RTC -Fisheries Training Center myths regarding e-Learning. It also IVB attended the seminar. More participants served as a venue for presenting also came from the updates and the upcoming the provincial projects related to the e-Extension government. Program of ATI. Currently, in its In his eLearning component, there are special more than 800 e-learners enrolled message, in 11 online courses.(BCNatividad) ATI Asst. Dir. Alberto B. Maningding noted the The only commodity on earthThe participants of the Seminar on Demystifying e-Learning on A&F diversity of the that does not deteriorate with (BFAR-RFTC) in Puertowith ATI assistant director Alberto Maningding use is knowledge - Marilyn vos Savant New eLOs from PalawanA nd the list goes on. Three new e-Learning Offices (ELO) administration was held with from Palawan were added to the identified ELO coordinatorsthe list of ELO already functioning as participants. Ms. Pamelaand extending services to farmers, Mappala, the assistant divisionagricultural extension workers and chief of Knowledge Productsthe budding entrepreneurs. Management Division (KPMD) Two ELO was established briefed the participants; shein Puerto Princesa City namely gave an overview of the differentPalawan Agricultural Experiment functions of the ELO, whileStation (PAES) and from the Bureau Mr. Rey Alo, the e-Learning Ms. Mappala briefed the selected ELO coordinatorsof Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Process Adviser, discussed the about the functions of ELO- Regional Fisheries Training Center responsibilities and necessary competencies of the ELO The ELO coordinator areIV-B. The third was set up in the coordinators. Mr. Alo also discussed expected to help promote thesatellite center of PAES in Aboabo,Sofronio Espanola. the e-extension program specifically program in their respective areas the e-learning project of the ATI. and coordinate the registration of A one-day seminar for ELO possible enrollees. (BCNatividad)
May 2009 e-Extension Agenda 7 Year of working earnestly by Primalou ImperialI t seems only yesterday, as the Mappala, and Prof. Jose Rey Alo. outages, insurgency problems, often-quoted expression goes, The idea, of course, snowballed geographic heterogeneity, socio- but that is how it does feel. from Agriculture Secretary Arthur demographically diverse populace, In March 2008 ATI Central Yap’s edict (through Department dwindling agriculture and fisheryOffice initiated a series of Order No. 3 Series of 2007) and resources, going electronic is ademystifying e-learning seminars in Director Asterio Saliot’s incisive big challenge. What has beenvarious ATI training centers across vision for ATI. Thus, ATI-led and said of ICT (or informationthe country. In Region 5 (Bicol) the inter-agency constituted, the technology) could very well beseminar came to be in April 2008. Philippine’s e-extension program said of e-extension. That is, it mayIn hindsight, has reached further widen the digital divide thatthe activity new heights separates the information-rich andwas not only and still seeks the information-poor. On the otheran eye-opener, to cover a hand, it could very well be theit was also very, very wide great equalizer of opportunities fora preview to stretch of fresh both. How best to reach a greaterATI’s upbeat, ground. ATI’s variety of agricultural extensionfuture-looking, (and other workers (AEWs) than through theinformation and agencies’) omnipresent (well, at least in mostcommunication compact league populated areas) Internet kioskstechnology of e-learning and user-friendly computers?(ICT)-based coordinators, …And the small picture? Well,focus. webmasters, module developers, let’s look at it this way: knowing Just a few months after the and knowledge crusaders have the power of ICT, having in minde-learning launch in Manila in 2007, been working double time to make the great body of knowledge lyingthe program even then showed the program responsive to the along the information superhighwaystrong conceptual framework, well- needs and interests of its clients. waiting to be tapped and used, anddefined components, and vigorous Let’s look at the big picture. realizing that things will never beenergy, propelled as it was by the In a country troubled by frequent same again, our sense of right andyouthful and high-spirited team electric power shortage and wrong (and I have in mind not justheaded by Ms. Niet Arceo, Ms. Pam page5 Embracing Change by Merrian Piquero SolivaW hen ATI-CO had formally the only thing in this world which is As expected, most of them demystified ATI-RTC 7 constant. showed cynicism. However, as the sometime in April 2008, The duality of the so-called discussion progress, majority ofa lot of concerns cropped-up to reactions was expected. Specially the AEWs are craving to learn andthe minds of those who were that the very things they’ve heard willing to embrace the change.present (both my co-personnel were new. Though computer Today, when we mentionedand a handful of Agricultural literacy is no longer unfamiliar matters with an e! (e-extension andExtension Workers (AEWs) in among government employees, but e-Learning) it rings a bell. AEWsBohol). Concerns like the viability the accessibility is way far to go. are looking forward to it. Theirand applicability of the e-extension Albeit the lukewarm welcome, doubts pushed them to embraceprogram to our stakeholders. ATI-RTC 7 push through their the change so they can compensate Some were skeptics but endeavors. They allot time for what their children’s generation hadothers showed enthusiasm amidst e-extension unto their program for.uncertainty, as change is indeed of activities and focus only on the e-Learning component of the program.
8 e-Extension Agenda May 2009 Text Support Surges HighQ ueries among clients coming cellular phones. A voice-activated Other text queries include Corn, from all over the country service will be featured soon as ATI Livestock, Fisheries, 16 text queries continue to flood the help continues to pitch perfect its SMS and general programs of ATI.desk of the Agricultural Training approach. ATI’s TextSupport can beInstitute (ATI). All in reached through its hotline text For the months of all, text on number 391-32 (DA) and is initiallyFebruary, March and e-Learning open to Smart and Talk ‘n TextApril, a total of 479 garnered the subscribers. The said service isqueries have been most number available from Monday to Saturdayanswered through of queries — 8:00 AM until 6:00 PM.Short Message with 302 text This is also in response toService (SMS) via messages the needs of people from allATI’s TextSupport while Rice walks of life specially retirees orfor Agriculture and came along individuals who want to venture inFisheries. second with agribusiness and invest their money Launched late 57 queries on on agriculture. (Vic Thor A. PalarcaJanuary this year, its prevailing with data reports furnished by BenedictThe TextSupport price, pest Natividad.)Center served as a & diseasequick helpdesk for management,Agricultural Extension Workers land preparation, varieties and(AEWs), farmer-clients and new technologies. HVCC got 42budding entrepreneurs to get text queries while matters on ATIimmediate information by using scholarships with a respectable 25. www.e-extension.gov.ph