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e-Extension Agenda 10th issue

  1. 1. Vol. IV No. 2 August 2011Saliot Presents e-ExtensionProgram to S & T Community P ASAY CITY – Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) Director Asterio P. Saliot presented a paper on the “Current Status and Future Directions of the Philippine Agricultural Extension” to the members of the prestigious National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST) of the country. Saliot also presented one of the latest programs of the Department of Agriculture, the e-Extension Program for Agriculture and Fisheries, where ATI is the lead implementing agency. The paper presentation was part of the Round Table Discussion (RTD) on agricultural extension which was held in preparation for the NAST 33rd Annual Scientific meeting in July 2011. Other presenters came from both public and private organizations and ► Page 6ATI Director Asterio P. Saliot presented the e-Extension Program to the members of theNational Academy of Science and Technology during its monthly Round Table Discussion (RTD).The RTD is being done in preparation for the NAST 33rd Annual Scientific meeting Gov’t Executive Officers Briefed on What’s Inside the e-Extension Program e-Extension Coordinators UndergoC EBU CITY – The e-Extension on the ATI’s e-Extension Program Techno Gabay Appreciation Program which has been for Agriculture and Fisheries and its Course ------------------------------- 2 recognized here and abroad impact on the agriculture, fisheries Vis-Min Batch Trained onhave piqued the interest of the Career and natural resources sector. 4-H Club Web-Based ProfilingExecutive Service (CES)! The Career Executive Service is and Monitoring System ----------- 3 Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) the ‘third level’ or the managerial classDirector Asterio P. Saliot was recently in the group of career positions in The e-Extension Programinvited as a resource person for the the Philippine Civil Service. The CES promoted to school teachers ---- 4monthly gathering of Career Executive was created by Presidential DecreeService Officers (CESO) dubbed as No. 1 to "form a continuing pool of What our e-Learners say ---- 6CES CIRCLE Forum. Saliot, also a ► Page 6CESO himself, briefed the officers e-Extension Agenda August 201 1 1
  2. 2. NEWSAdded Function, Enhanced Capability e-Extension Coordinators Undergo Techno Gabay Appreciation CourseB OHOL -- From an added responsibility to an enhanced functionality! With the institutionalization of theTechno Gabay Program (TGP) at theAgricultural Training Institute (ATI),the frontline people at the regions willhave their hands full in continuing toimplement the program. TGP is one of the major programsof the Department of Science andTechnology through its Philippine Councilfor Agriculture, Forestry and NaturalResources Research and Development(DOST-PCARRD). Purposely, the e-Extension Program as well as its components and Program is something you should beCoordinators have been chosen to be the mechanics of implementation from happy about because it can be usefulthe regional coordinators of the TGP, the roles and responsibilities of Regional in the progress of our country,” Esquejoan added workload but seen as an Coordinators to its Partner Member said. Aware of the impending workopportunity to enhance their capabilities Agencies (PMAs). The ATI Regional that will be added to the e-Extensionfurther. Training Centers (RTCs) who have been Coordinators, Esquejo assured them As a prelude to the program actively involved with TGP also shared that it is because other institutionsimplementation, ATI held a five-day their experiences and lessons learned like PCARRD have recognized ATIsappreciation course with the 28 in the implementation of the program. capabilities. “Let’s not look at it ase-Extension Coordinators briefed on The participants also listed their lessons additional burden for ATI, rather let’sTGP and the complementary extension learned as well as the issues that may see it as acknowledgement of ouractivities of ATI. The activity likewise crop up during the institutionalization of capabilities,”Esquejo added.aimed for the coordinators to appreciate the TGP through a workshop. The appreciation course wasthe program and their roles as A field visit to the three successful conducted last May 30 to June 3, 2011 atimplementers through expository visits to FITS Centers was done to further the Bohol Plaza Resort and Restaurant,various Farmers Information Technology familiarize the coordinators with the Panglao Island, Dayo Hill, MayacabacService (FITS) Centers and to integrate operations of the TGP specifically on the Dauis, Bohol.(BCNatividad)the TGP in their functions as e-Extension center operations, coordination with theircoordinators. Magsasaka Syentista as well as their The e-Extension Agenda The course included some lectures components focusing on information Volume IV Number 2on the overview of the Techno Gabay and communication technology (ICT) August 2011 and on information Editor Pamela MG Mappala education and communication Writers Benedict C. Natividad (IEC). Pamela MG Mappala In her message, Yovina-Claire R. Agsawa ATI Deputy Director for Policy and Contributors Maricel D. Dacapias (ATI-RTC 1) Administration Darwin M. Sarabia (ATI-RTC 4B) Evelyn Aro-Esquejo Merrian P. Soliva (ATI-RTC 7) Dennis Boyd Baltazar (ATI-RTC 8) recognized the Ma. Theresa Laxamana (ATI-RTC 12) importance of the TGP’s contribution Layout Artist Benedict C. Natividad to nation building specifically the Editorial Consultants Antonieta J. Arceo Jose Rey Y. Alo advancement of the farmers and fishers Advisers Asterio P. Saliot MNSA, CESO III in the rural areas. Evelyn Aro-Esquejo PhD, MNSA, CESO VI “The Techno Gabay Alberto B. Maningding MNSA, CESO IV 2 e-Extension Agenda August 201 1
  3. 3. NEWS Vis-Min Batch Trained on 4-H Club Web-Based Profiling and Monitoring SystemC AGAYAN DE ORO CITY, e-Learning site. access the web-based profiling and Misamis Oriental – After the To demonstrate and explain monitoring website of the 4-H Club at successful implementation of further the features of the website, ATI Training on 4-H Club Web-Based tapped Elito Circa from the Philippine The training was held last May 2Profiling and Monitoring System for the Center for Postharvest Development to 6, 2011 at the Harbor Lights HotelLuzon batch, the training shifted down and Mechanization (PhilMech), who in Cagayan de Oro, Misamis Oriental.south for the next batch in Visayas and developed the program as well as the (BCNatividad)Mindanao. system for the said website. The Agricultural Training Institute Speaking during(ATI) which has been in support of the opening program,the 4-H Club activities conducted ATI Deputy Director forthe training with the regional 4-H AFE Operations Albertoclub coordinators, rural-based focal Maningding emphasizedpersons from the ATI Centers and the importance of thethe regional 4-H club presidents and website in profilingselected officers from the southern and monitoring thepart of the country as participants. members as well as the They were briefed on the features organizations activities.of the 4-H website and were able to Maningding alsoregister and update their profiles in reminded the participantsthe site. Likewise, they were oriented to continuously populateon the e-Extension Program and the site with relevantwere able to register and enrolled the various courses offered in the The members canATI, PhilRice, DAP and PGA Gather for Aurora e-Village Project Mid-term EvaluationT AGAYTAY CITY – After two progress made in implementing the the implementing agencies agreed years of implementation, the project and its various components. to further empower them through proponents of the Aurora Moreover, the activity was aimed to the implementation of the remaininge-Village Project assessed and determine lessons learned from the objectives that have not beenreviewed the project milestones. project implementation and derive accomplished. The project proponents -- the insights and possible good practices. The Aurora e-Village Mid-termDepartment of Agriculture – For the remaining period of the Evaluation was conducted last JuneAgricultural Training Institute (DA-ATI), project implementation, the project 9 to 10, 2011 at the DAP ConferenceDA - Philippine Rice Research Institute proponents came up with action plans Center, Tagaytay City.(BCNatividad)(PhilRice) and the Development modifiedAcademy of the Philippines accordingly(DAP) together with the Provincial based on theGovernment of Aurora (PGA) -- insights gainedgathered for the two-day Mid-term during the firstEvaluation Workshop of the Aurora two years.e-Village Project. As the The Project is aimed to provide project is setinterventions that will integrate to concludeInformation and Communications by the end ofTechnology (ICT) to rural community the year, thelife to improve access to information, PGA whichenhance productivity, increase has beenhousehold income and improve quality identified asof life in Aurora province. the eventual With this, the Mid-term Evaluation projectaimed to evaluate the overall successor, e-Extension Agenda August 201 1 3
  4. 4. AT THE REGIONS Extension The e-Extension Program Workers promoted to school teachers S ta. Barbara, Pangasinan – on-the-Air program that is beingBriefed on GIS, Some 37 school teachers from San Carlos City and Calasiao implemented by the Agricultural Training Institute in collaboration Database Mgt the Department of Agriculture’s in this province were briefed on with the Department of Agriculture’s bureaus and attached agencies.S ta. Barbara, Pangasinan e-Extension Program for Agriculture To familiarize the participants – Increased awareness of and Fisheries. further, they had a hands-on tutorial geospatial technologies and As part of the Training of Trainers to experience the step-by-stepits significant contribution to the on Integrated Production and Pest registration and enrolment to theagriculture sector can actually Management conducted by the e-learning courses of their choice.influence crop productivity. Agricultural Training Institute – Moreover, Dacapias showcased the This is the thrust of the training Regional Training Center (ATI-RTC) digital learning resources that can beon Geographic Information System I, the school teachers were able to downloaded from the e-learning portal(GIS) and Database Management browse and appreciate the various of the e-Extension Program.held recently which was attended e-learning courses offered through the The activity was held last Mayby agricultural extension workers e-Extension Program. 18, 2011 at ATI-RTC I, Tebag, Sta.from Department of Agriculture e-Extension Coordinator Maricel Barbara, Pangasinan. (MCDacapias) Dacapias of ATI-RTC I- Regional Field Unit (DA-RFU) likewise discussed theI, Pangasinan State University different componentsand the Offices of the Provincial of the Program suchAgriculturist in Pangasinan, Ilocos as the Farmers’Norte and Ilocos Sur. Contact Center as Resource speaker Engr. the frontline deliveryJoan Pauline Talubo shared that of farm and business“A big part of understanding advisory services asthe system lies in your own well as the School-personal experience especially Antequera Farmers Briefedif you apply it in your work orfield of specialization.” Sheadded that the factors thatinfluence crop productivity can be on NMRiceMobile Bidentified, mapped, and used toprovide solution. Preserving the ohol – Four barangays in phones. Antequera in this province were Erma F. Lucero of ATI-RTC VIIenvironment, managing assets, briefed on the features of the emphasized that this modality isconstant overproduction with low Nutrient Manager for Rice Mobile just one of the many options thatprices, changing government (NMRiceMobile), a new service of the Department is providing for ricesubsidies, biotechnology and the Farmers’ Contact Center of the farmers.intense global competition are Department of Agriculture. The text and call services of theencouraging more agricultural Nearly 90 rice-farmers from FCC, which is being administered byprofessionals to use the GIS Barangays Bitaugan, Sto. Rosario, the Agricultural Training Institute were Poblacion and Celing came to the likewise discussed to provide moretechnology. briefing. avenues for the farmers’ queries on With this, three more batches Municipal Agricultural Officer agriculture and fisheries. (MPSoliva)are planned to be held within the Tarcisia Baluca and Dr. Carolynyear to cater all provincial and May O. Daquio, Center Director ofmunicipal local government units of the Agricultural Training Institute-Region I. Regional Training Center (ATI-RTC) The first training was held VII graced the activity while Lydia B. Borbano and Ma. Gracia Soliva-last July 5 to 8, 2011 at ATI- Pungay, both from ATI-RTCVII,Regional Training Center I in facilitated the activity.Tebag, Sta. Barbara, Pangasinan. They emphasized that(MCDacapias) NMRiceMobile is one of the modality of the DA in collaboration with International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) where farmers can directly inquire the recommended fertilizer inputs for their farm using their mobile4 e-Extension Agenda August 201 1
  5. 5. AT THE REGIONSMore e-Learners Register During Agri-PinoyInfo-caravans in Region XIIW hile the DA-Regional Field at the Provincial Office XII is conducting Gymnasium of an Agri-Pinoy Information South CotabatoCaravan in various provinces of on May 12, 2011,the region, the Agricultural Training which was attendedInstitute-Regional Training Center by more than 100XII (ATI-RTC XII) presented extension workers,the Department of Agricultures’ representatives frome-Extension Program for Agriculture the DA-attachedand Fisheries among the agricultural agencies and theextension workers and farmers. farming sector.This is in line with the Farmers and The ATI-RTCFisherfolks’ Month being celebrated in XII put up an exhibitthe month of May. booth inside the The first schedule was conducted gymnasium and distributed various Cotabato and the Sultan Kudarat printed information materials State University Lutayan Branch. The during the info-caravan. Information-Caravan visited the four More so, it also assisted provinces and cities of the region several extension workers particularly Koronadal City, Kidapawan and farmers in registering City, Saranggani and Sultan Kudarat. and enrolling in the (MTLaxamana) e-Learning courses being offered by the ATI. The team was composed of members of the e-Extension group of ATI-RTC XII, along with trained students undergoing on-the job training from the University of Southern Mindanao in Kabacan, Southern Leyte Grads 187 for SOAS outhern Leyte - Of the 213 were Dr. Valerio B. Cabalo, SLSU The SOA is an extension strategy enrolled farmers, 187 were Vice-President for Research and of the Department of Agriculture in confirmed graduates on June 4, Extension, Marina E. Gador, Provincial reaching more farmers in the country.2011 during the graduation ceremony Agriculturist, Dr. Paulino T. Cabahit It is a series of programs aired overof the School on the Air (SOA) on rice of ATI-RTC VIII, and the municipal a local radio station, discussing theproduction in this province. agricultural officers of the selected subject matter systematically and The SOA in Southern Leyte municipalities. in a progressive manner, similar tostarted in November 2010 over local In their respective messages, the the classroom’s teaching-learningradio station DYSL with enrollees guests expressed their gratefulness situation.from the municipalities of Sogod, for the participation of the farmers This years’ SOA in this regionMacrohon, Tomas Oppus, Libagon in the SOA and the backstopping of focused on rice production and aimedand Malitbog. It was coordinated by the agricultural extension workers to strengthen farmers’ capabilitiesAgricultural Training Institute-Regional who did the follow-ups and provided on rice production management.Training Center VIII, Southern Leyte guidance to farmer-enrollees. They Ramon Fernandez of DYSL RadyoState University (SLSU), Office of wished that similar activities will be ng Bayan and Veronica L. Reomathe Provincial Agriculturist and DYSL conducted for other crops and that of SLSU anchored the program withRadyo ng Bayan. more municipalities will participate. the agricultural extension workers as Present during the affair resource persons.(DBRBaltazar) e-Extension Agenda August 201 1 5
  6. 6. Saliot Presents e-ExtensionProgram... and technological manpower for the Snapshots country.From page1 The RTD looked into the organization of agricultural extensionshared some insights and learnings system as well as the use of thebased on their experiences in the information and communicationdelivery of their services related to technology (ICT) in the agricultureagricultural extension. sector. With the e-Extension program The NAST was created through being one of the pioneering effortsthe Executive Order no. 818 and in utilizing ICT for the advancementfunctions as an advisory council to the of the agriculture sector, SaliotPresident of the Philippines and the shared the ATIs learnings on theirCabinet on matters related to science implementation and the recognitionand technology in the country. The it has garnered, not only in theNAST also embarks on programs Philippines but also in other countries T wo delegates from the Bangladeshtraditionally and internationally as well. Ministry of Agriculture visited theexpected of an academy of science The activity was conducted Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) as part of their study tour to learn aboutas it has been mandated to recognize last May 3, 2011 at the Traders the Institute’s implementation of School-outstanding achievements in science Hotel, Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City. on-the-Air and the e-Extension Program forand technology and to serve as a (BCNatividad) Agriculture and Fisheries. OIC-Assistant Chiefreservoir of competent scientific Pamela G. Mappala of the ATI-Knowledge Products Management Division welcomedGov’t Executive Officers Briefed... platform for thought leaders, subject the delegates together with AssociateFrom page1 matter experts and public service Professor Ma. Stella C. Tirol of the University exemplars to dialogue with career of the Philippines Los Banos (UPLB) whowell-selected and development- organized their visit to the country. Md. service officers and to share insights,oriented career administrators who Taufique Arefin, project coordinator of ideas, lessons and experiences in the Agriculture Information Service fromshall provide competent and faithful the hope of deepening and sustaining Bangladesh, noted that they were planningservice" to the Philippine Government. collective inspiration to improve to set up the same to enhance their rural The CES CIRCLE Forum is a leadership and governance. The communication services in their country.monthly learning session conducted latest forum carried the theme “ICT in The briefing was held at the Agriculture andby the CES Board for its officers and Human and Environment Security”. Fisheries Knowledge Center of the ATI Centraleligible members and CIRCLE stands The CES CIRCLE Forum was Office last May 31, 2011.for Creative Innovations and Reforms held last June 23, 2011 in Cebu City.for Committed Leadership and (BCNatividad)Effectiveness. The forum serves as a What are our e-Learners sayFrom our shoutbox messages and emails Natapos ko na po ang greenhouse course. Salamat sa mga information. malaking tulong sa research ko. - Aaron Jed Tumbali, Quezon City Participants of the International Training Nakakatulong talaga nang malaki ang e-learning sa amin sa DA Municipality of Course on Agricultural Marketing Focused Kauswagan. on Infrastructure Development visited the - Dhelma Aclao, Iligan City Agricultural Training Institute and was briefed on the Institute’s programs and services Salamat sa ATI ang dami ko pong natutunan sa inyo. Salamat po. specifically on the e-Extension Program for Agriculture and Fisheries. The participants - Archie Q. dela Cruz, San Mateo who came from Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, ATI, galing tlaga ng website nyo Yung lesson ko sa agriculture dito ko Vietnam, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal and the Philippines were nakukuha ang ilan sa naituturo ko sa school. acquainted on the e-Extension Program and - Archie Q. dela Cruz, San Mateo its components. The briefing was held last June 16, 2011 at the Agriculture and Fisheries Knowledge Center, ATI, Diliman, Quezon City. 6 e-Extension Agenda August 201 1
  7. 7. NEWS VSU Stude Explores e-Learners’ Behavior Towards Online CoursesW hy are there "finishers" and discontinuance in e-courses: 4. ATI should ensure that the "quitters" in our e-Learning 1. Give enrollees constant modules they are presenting to their courses? reminders of their involvement in enrollees will undergo several tests to Armel Lozano provided the program, either through text or testify its comprehensibility; andsome hints from his study entitled e-mail; 5. Ensure that the information“Conditions Leading to Completion 2. ATI, as the program they provide to their enrollees is up-and Discontinuance of Enrollees to ATI implementer, in collaboration with to-date.e-Learning for Agriculture and Fishery other agencies under the Department He also recommended replicationProgram in Eastern Visayas,” a thesis of Agriculture should create projects of this study covering enrollees in otherhe submitted to obtain his bachelor’s in line with interconnectivity to their provinces in the country. Thus, furtherdegree in Development Communication clientele through trainings on basic study conducted in other provinces willat the Visayas State University. His computer skills and assistance in help verify whether the same conditionsstudy became an eye-opener, providing the provision of internet connection are encountered by the enrollees ininsights on the challenges faced by in their locality or even mobile other areas. A study also on the moste-learners in taking the online courses connections; significant changes experienced bybeing offered by the Department of 3. Continue creating relevant graduates on the e-Learning coursesAgriculture through the e-Extension courses for the enrolees, to do this, of ATI is also highly recommendedProgram for Agriculture & Fisheries. ATI should monitor their enrollees to to further help in improving its Based on his findings, Lozano find out the relevant information they implementation of the program.recommended the following to minimize need from the course they enrolled;e-Learning Course on Vermicomposting, Now Online!S imply throwing away all your individuals and groups engaged Log on at household or farm junk? Think in vermicompost production are elearning. again! There are more to that also incorporated in the course to The Vermicomposting: Turninggarbage than what meets the eye. further encourage you to adopt the Trash to Cash online course isEnroll now in e-Learning course on technology. brought to us by ATI RTC-10.Vermicomposting and start Turning So what are you waiting for? (YCRAgsawa)Trash to Cash! The course is divided into threemodules, namely: The Worm and ItsFood; Benefits of Vermicomposting;and Vermicompost Production.These include several topics on thegeneral characteristics and culturalrequirements of worms, AfricanNight Crawler specie, substrates,advantages and economics ofvermicomposting, and quality analysisof some vermicompost formulations.Write ups with videos of successful e-Extension Agenda August 201 1 7
  8. 8. A Coordinator’s ATI Attends IRRI’s Workshop onReflections on TGP Developing Financial Product Suite for AgriN Products, Services L emo dat quod non habet.. a prevalent Latin expression OS BANOS, Laguna -- Tapping A total of 39 representatives came which means you cannot further the potentials of ICT in from Catholic Relief Services, MICRAgive what you do not have. True providing more services to the Foundation, Atlas Fertilizer Corp., W.K.enough! One cannot give a penny if smallholder farmers, the International Kellog Institute, Avantage Ventures,his own pocket is empty, bread if his Rice Research Institute (IRRI) together Hongkong, Philippine RIce Researchown stomach grumbles or a factual with Mercy Corps, an international Institute, Mercy Corps, Agriculturalprogram if he himself is misled. I’ve economic development agency Training Institute and IRRI to contributebeen at the Techno-Gabay Program focusing on microfinance, organized their expertise and knowledge for theAppreciation Course in Bohol a workshop to generate ideas in said plan.just recently. It was really a good developing a financial product suite Held last May 30 to 31, 2011experience. A lot of times were allotted for precision agricultural products at IRRI Headquarters, Los Banos,to, uhm well, appreciate! Not to and services especially designed for Laguna. (PMappala)mention the five-star accommodation smallholder rice farmers.where you can have a 360 view of the With the introduction ofwhole island. Thank you RTC-7 for the Nutrient Manager for Riceyour overwhelming hospitality! in web and mobile application, The said appreciation course is in IRRI found the significanceline with the turn-over of the Techno- of incorporating such serviceGabay program from DOST-PCARRD with the electronic extensionto ATI. The process of transition is services being offered bywithin three years. During the course, IRRI and the Departmentresource persons from DOST- of Agriculture through itsPCARRD make the most of everything Agricultural Training make us understand the “ins andouts” of the program. As I was tryingto grasp the things handed down infront of me, three things were creepingup inside. First, like most of us in theRTC’s, we are new in the bandwagon.We are not even a member of anaccredited consortium and yet we arehere to handle the program ourselves.Second, collaboration is the key for asuccessful establishment of Techno-Gabay and/or FITS Centers in ourrespective regions. It is a reality that most people askthe primary question of “What can weget from that program?” or “What canwe have in return?” Techno-GabayProgram doesn’t encourage dole outs.A beneficiary should certainly commititself to counter parting and as a rule I come to my senses andof thumb, never promise anything! cling to my basic principleSome might be mistakenly lost in of time. Everything has itsthinking that we will provide everything proper time! In time, we willfrom IEC materials to cellcards for perfectly understand thisinternet browsing?! Third, why is program. In time, we willthere a turnover of the program? be ready to implement withDoes this mean additional workload ease and conviction thefor us e-extension coordinators? This TGP. And besides, we stillabsolutely is a wrong notion of the have three more years toprogram. Turning over the Techno- internalize the program. ButGabay program with ATI only attests this will happen if we fullyto the agency’s credibility in doing own it as if it were the firstefficient delivery of extension services. it as additional burden for ATI, rather fruits of our labour and if we Quoting Asst.Dir. Evelyn Aro- let’s see it as acknowledgement of our own and have it, then and only thenEsquejo as saying; “Let’s not look at capabilities.” Still after these insights, we can share it to others. (DMSarabia) 8 e-Extension Agenda August 201 1