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ICT Initiatives of the Philippines for Sustained Agricultural Development: The e-Extension Program for Agriculture and Fisheries
 

ICT Initiatives of the Philippines for Sustained Agricultural Development: The e-Extension Program for Agriculture and Fisheries

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Presentation by Pam Mappala (Agricultural Training Institute) to WITFOR 2009 Agriculture Commission. (www.witfor.org)

Presentation by Pam Mappala (Agricultural Training Institute) to WITFOR 2009 Agriculture Commission. (www.witfor.org)

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ICT Initiatives of the Philippines for Sustained Agricultural Development: The e-Extension Program for Agriculture and Fisheries ICT Initiatives of the Philippines for Sustained Agricultural Development: The e-Extension Program for Agriculture and Fisheries Presentation Transcript

  • ICT Initiatives of the Philippines for Sustained Agricultural Development Presented by Pamela Mariquita G. Mappala Agricultural Training Institute – Department of Agriculture Philippines
    • ICT initiatives in the Philippines
    • ICT in Agriculture
    • Electronic Delivery of Extension Services
    • Major Components
    • The e-Extension Milestones
    • Challenges and Opportunities
    • Many organizations have utilized ICT to enhance their programs and services.
    • Several ICT infrastructures are continuously being put up to provide access particularly in the rural areas.
    • The Philippine Government has enacted laws, development plans and strategic roadmap and is planning to put up additional facilities/ offices to strengthen the ICT capability of the country.
    • Republic Act 8435 or the Agriculture & Fisheries Modernization Act
      • Mandated the optimal use of ICT in bridging the research, extension, the farmers and the market.
    • Department of Agriculture initiated its ICT-related services through its bureaus and attached agencies according to their mandates and specializations.
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    • Aims to enhance and institutionalize the e-Extension system in agriculture, fisheries and natural resources for optimal application, utilization and exchange among users and partners.
    • Involves a network of institutions that provide a more efficient alternative to a traditional extension system
    • Launched only in 2007
    • Empowered stakeholders
      • With alternative means to acquire new knowledge and skills on farming and fishing technologies
      • Reduced costs on education and training
    • Optimized use of resources
      • Enhanced delivery of programs and services
      • Organized repository of information integrating and harmonizing all related initiatives
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    • www.e-extension.gov.ph/elearning
    • In partnership with research institutions to develop courses on agricultural production technologies for various commodities
    • With the use of the internet, computers for closed group sessions, other media for school-on-the-air programs
  • , San Mateo, Isabela ATI – Region VI Banga, Aklan CENTRAL OFFICE Diliman, Quezon City Batac, Ilocos Norte ATI - CAR La Trinidad, Benguet ATI - Region I Sta. Barbara, Pangasinan ATI – Region II Cabagan, Isabela , San Mateo , Isabela Magalang, Pampanga ATI – Region III Dinalupihan, Bataan ATI – Region IVA Los Baños, Laguna Trece Martires City ITCPH Lipa City ATI – Region IV B Naujan, Oriental Mindoro ATI – Region V Guinobatan, Albay Mambusao, Capiz ATI – Region VII Tagbilaran, Bohol Borongan, Eastern Samar Tacloban City, Leyte ATI – Region VIII Baybay , Leyte ATI – Region X El Salvador, Misamis Oriental ATI – Region XIII CARAGA Butuan City, Agusan del Norte Midsayap, North Cotaba to ATI – Region IX Roxas, Zamboanga del Norte Iligan City ATI – Region XI Panabo, Davao del Norte Kabacan, North Cotabato ATI – Region XII Tantangan, South Cotabato Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay Cebu City ATI – ARMM Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao Muñoz, Nueva Ecija
    • Online courses
    • Offline closed group sessions – through the e-Learning Offices
    • Blended courses (with face to face interactions)
    **Through the 17 e-Learning Offices with 37 e-Learning coordinators
    • Agricultural production technologies – crops, livestock, marine and fisheries
    • Social technologies – agricultural marketing, training management, extension concepts, strategies and approaches, among others.
    The e-Learning courses are designed to be highly interactive in nature – with photos, videos, games, puzzles in the lessons to sustain the interest of the learners.
  • TOTAL: 2,400 registered users Period covered: Dec 2007 to August 2009
    • School-on-the-Air or the University-on-the-Air Program
      • Uses radio as a medium for training and sharing knowledge on A & F technologies
      • Incorporated to the e-Extension Program
    • For farm and business advisory services through the use of ICT
      • Text Support Center
      • Farmers’ Contact Center
      • ATIiNteractive and e-Learning forums
      • E-mail through the e-Extension support
    • Text Support Center catered to all queries under agriculture & fisheries, including the programs & services of the Department of Agriculture via short messaging system (SMS).
    SMS hotline no. 391-DA or 391-32
  • Level 1 Call Center Agent (with agriculture background) Level 2 Experts from the Department of Agriculture Level 3 Agricultural Scientists / Experts from other institutions
    • E-commerce for entrepreneurs engaged in agriculture and fisheries.
    • Still in development stage
    • New program, more challenges
    • Technological limitations to meet all requirements of the e-Extension Program
    • Acceptability and adoptability to new modes
    • Mobilization of some organizations for their involvement
    • High expectations from the clientele, with the assumptions that everything is in place.
    • ICT can include other media mixes through School-on-the-Air program (interactive chats, online forum, and SMS messages).
    • State universities may require students to take any e-learning course, who will soon be extension workers.
    • E-Extension Program has become a tool for knowledge sharing as more stakeholders are being involved.
    • ICT Infrastructure is being managed by private sector, enabling us to focus on content development.
    • Considering the previous efforts of other agencies that focused on ICT-related services, the e-Extension Program for Agriculture and Fisheries has evolved and is continuously evolving based on the trends that are being established along the way.
    • In the context of ICT-driven development, PEOPLE are still the center of development.
  • www.e-extension.gov.ph www.ati.da.gov.ph