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e-Extension Agenda 11th issue


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e-Extension Agenda 11th issue

  1. 1. Vol. 1 No.3 January 2012 What’s Inside ATI Region 8 Hosts Initial Batch of Techno Gabay Regional Consultation ------------------------- 2 ATI-Caraga Holds 4th e-Learning Mass Graduation--------------------- 3 NMRice Mobile Showcased in Pangasinan--------------------------- 4 e-Extension for AFE Kicks into Fifth gear ---------------------------- 8e-Learning Courses on Sustainable Agriculture will soon be offered with the new set of courseware developers coming from the academe;local government and the private sector. The latest courseware development team is composed of technical staff from Xavier University College ofAgriculture and Sustainable Agriculture Center; Misamis Oriental State College of Agriculture and Technology; Central Mindanao University; LocalGovernment Units of Dumingag and Valencia City; Service Inc. – a non-government organization based in Ozamiz City.e-Learning Courses on Sustainable 2012 Starts with a New Course Category forAgriculture: Coming Soon! e-LearningC I AGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Misamis the courses that will be offered soon. n collaboration with the Sustainable Oriental – More online courses The latest courseware development Agriculture Center (SAC) of Xavier at e-Learning for Agriculture and team is composed of technical staff University (XU) in Cagayan de OroFisheries are coming up! from Xavier University College of City, a new e-learning course category Courses with emphasis on Agriculture and Sustainable Agriculture is now being introduced as part of theSustainable Agriculture are currently Center; Misamis Oriental State College Department of Agricultures e-Extensionbeing developed by the new set of of Agriculture and Technology; Central Program for Agriculture and Fisheries.courseware developers from the Mindanao University; Local Government Dubbed as the Sustainableacademe; local government and the Units of Dumingag and Valencia City; Agriculture category, this offers newprivate sector. These courses cover Service Inc. – a non-government e-learning courses that promote bestvarious topics on natural farming organization based in Ozamiz City. practices to protect the environment withsystems for crops and livestock; rice- The team is organized and the application of some farming integrated farming system; organic coordinated through the Agricultural More courses are being developed inrice breeding; production of organic Training Institute - Regional Training collaboration with the CSD-XU and willcassava, organic rice, organic carrot, Center 10. soon be offered within the upland rice and trichoderma; The 1st phase of the workshop At present, there are three coursealternative pest management for organic in support to the Department of offerings under Sustainable Agriculture,rice; seaweed extract production; and Agriculture’s Sustainable Agriculture to wit -- Vermicomposting: Turningsoil health management. program was conducted from August 1 Trash to Cash; Organic Fertilizer for Likewise, other courses on to 5, 2011 while the 2nd phase was held Sustainable Agriculture; and a newoyster mushroom production; poultry last Oct. 24 to 28, 2011 at the Southeast course offering, the Insects Away, themanagement for confined chickens as Asia Rural Social Leadership Institute, Alternative Way.well as for free-range native chickens; Fr. W.F. Masterson Avenue, Cagayan de So what are you waiting for? Log inbasic landscaping; proposal-writing; and Oro City. (YCRAgsawa) and enroll now!farm record-keeping will also be among e-Extension Agenda January 2012 1
  2. 2. NEWS ATI Region 8 Hosts Initial Batch of Techno Gabay Regional ConsultationO RMOC CITY, Leyte – In the next two years, the Techno Gabay Program (TGP) willbe Institutionalized at the AgriculturalTraining Institute (ATI). Hence, ATIdeemed it necessary to brief anddiscuss the plan to its stakeholders inthe regions, thus the first batch of theRegional Consultation Workshop wasconducted last August 23 to 25, 2011. Participants of the consultationworkshops consisted coordinatorsfrom the consortia, which includedthe Regional Applied CommunicationOffice (RACO), Regional ManagementInformation System (RMIS) as well The activity aimed to brief the out lessons learned and identifyas the Regional Techno Gabay group on the status of program as recommendations for the improvementCoordinators (RTGCs), and Partner well as to introduce the parallel of the FITS Center operation includingMember Agencies (PMAs) Team extension activities of ATI. Likewise, the services of the MagsasakaLeaders from regions IV-A, IV-B, 5 workshops were conducted to discuss Siyentista (MS) in the regions.and 8, while the participants from ATI the plans, programs and strategies The consultation-workshop wasincluded the e-Extension Coordinators. on the institutionalization and to draw held at the Sabin Hotel, Bantique, Ormoc City, Leyte.(BCNatividad) Scenes from the Regional Consultations of Techno Gabay Program The e-Extension Agenda Volume V No.2 January 201Vice Mayor Rogelio D. Pua Jr (third Magsasaka Siyentista Elesia Alilis of Editor Pamela MG Mappalafrom right) of Inopacan, Leyte posed FITS Tuba guide the participants ofwith the participants when they visited the Luzon Techno Gabay Regional Writers Benedict C. Natividadthe LGU-FITS Center during the Visayas Consultation on their tour at her farm Pamela MG MappalaRegional Consultation of the Techno during the field visit. Yovina-Claire R. AgsawaGabay Program. Contributors Maricel D. Dacapias (ATI-RTC 1) Clarisse M. Alaska (ATI-RTC 2) Primalou B. Imperial (ATI-RTC 5) Merrian P. Soliva (ATI-RTC 7) Dennis Boyd Baltazar (ATI-RTC 8) Layout Artist Benedict C. Natividad Editorial Consultants Antonieta J. Arceo Jose Rey Y. AloMagsasaka Siyentista Marcos Participants of the Visayas Advisers Asterio P. Saliot MNSA, CESO IIIDumandan explains his methods that Consultations visited Magsasaka Evelyn Aro-Esquejo PhD, MNSA, CESO VImade his farm successful during the Siyentista Ramon Peñalosa at his Alberto B. Maningding MNSA, CESO IVMindanao Consultation. Science and Technology-Based Farm. 2 e-Extension Agenda January 2012
  3. 3. NEWSATI-Caraga Holds 4th e-Extension bye-Learning Mass Graduation the NumbersL 10,069 usersregistered in the have already OS ANGELES, Butuan City Dr. Pastor Salera, Campus Director been – The Agricultural Training of SDSSU - San Miguel, Dean Tomas e-Learning site ( Institute-Regional Training M. Austral, Jr. of CSU, Jose Rey Y. ph/elearning). It may also be notedCenter (ATI-RTC) in Caraga recently Alo, ATIs e-Learning Process Advisor that Edwin Aguinaldo, a farmer fromheld the 4th e-Learning Mass and Antonieta J. Arceo, Chief of the Bambang, Nueva Vizcaya becameGraduation, with a total of 368 ATI-Knowledge Products Management the 10,000th registered user of thegraduates. Division (ATI-KPMD) represented the site. Furthermore, the e-Learning The graduates were comprised of ATI Director Asterio P. Saliot. ATI-RTC site now belongs to Moodle’s list withagriculture students, faculty and staff XIII Center Director Nenita D. Sumile large installations ranging from 5,000from Caraga State University (CSU) welcomed the guests and e-learning to 10,000 users together with other countries.and Surigao Del Sur State University graduates.(SDSSU), agricultural extension In her message to the graduates,workers and farmers from the regionwho completed the requirements Arceo noted the graduates for accessing new knowledge through 4,632 haveoffered in theofe-Learning graduated from the 7,122 enrollees the various coursesof various online courses they took a different kind of modality.”You site as of January 11, 2012. This is afrom the e-Learning portal of the are different because you have 65% graduation mark.e-Extension Program for Agriculture accessed from a different kindand Fisheries. ATI-RTC Caraga was the first of learning strategy and in doing so you have graduated from this 25 Online courses are currently being offered in the e-Learning site. These courses are under fiveATI Training Center to implement the innovative extension program,” Arceoe-Learning mass graduation which is said. Further she stressed that as different categories namely: Crops, Livestocks and Poultry, Fisheries, Socialnow being held annually. The ATI in graduates of e-learning, they continue Technology and Sustainable Agriculture. to be different, 1,088 seek further Facebook users have liked knowledge, the e-Extension Page in apply what they Facebook, with Merlyn S. Gumap-as, have learned a student of Caraga State University, and promote recognized as the 1,000th person who the program to liked the page. other extension workers and agricultural 3,637 text messages received by the Farmers Contact Center, the massages range from students. queries on agri and fisheries to The e-Learning concerns coming from the e-Learning different parts of the country. graduates likewise were given an opportunity to 38,449 were recipients of broadcasted messages of the Farmers Contact Center. These explore the broadcasted messages were primarily demonstration techno tips specifically focusing onCaraga implemented this activity as sites of the ATI RTC Caraga and meet organic agriculture.a strategy to lure more enrollees as the e-Extension Coordinators and thewell as graduates and consequentlyit has been picked up as an effective e-Learning Management Team from ATI. 725 calls received by the Farmers Contact Center for the year 2011. These calls usually are queriesstrategy by other regions such as The e-Learning courses can be on agriculture and fisheries as well asregions IVA and VI. accessed at e-learning concerns. The event was graced by Dr. elearning.Edna M. Mabeza, OIC-RegionalExecutive Director of Department ofAgriculture - Regional Field Unit XIII, The mass graduation was held last December 1, 2011 at the ATI-RTC Caraga in Los Angeles, Butuan City. 1,102 downloaded digital learning resources from the e-learning site. These digital learning resources are (BCNatividad) the techno guides that were developed by ATI and uploaded in the e-learning site. (BCNatividad) e-Extension Agenda January 2012 3
  4. 4. AT THE REGIONS 113 AEWs Gear for e-Extension NMRiceMobile ATI, TESDA Team up for Data Showcased in Management Training Course PangasinanS P ILI, Camarines Sur -- Workers Catanduanes, Masbate, and Sorsogon ta. Barbara, Pangasinan – in agricultural extension in the -- coordinated the training particularly Bringing the technology down Bicol Region took part in a series in selecting the participants. to the farmers and fishers is the of trainings on computer-based data The Training Course onprinciple behind the conduct of NutrientManager for Rice Mobile (NMRice management held August through Computer-Based Data ManagementMobile) information caravan last September 2011 for AEWs focused on essentialNovember 24, 2011 in Pangasinan. The trainings were sponsored computer knowledge and skills needed The activity aspired to impart by ATI-Bicol in partnership with by AEWs, particularly those involveda comprehensive overview about the Technical Education and Skills in preparing reports and presentationsthe objectives and services of Development Authoritys Regional for rice and other key commodities.NMRiceMobile together with the Training Center V (TESDA-RTC V) Topics included organizing computere-Extension Program of the Department in San Jose, Pili, Camarines Sur. data files, finding lost files and folders,of Agriculture. This will be the first of its Altogether, 113 Agricultural Extension working with compressed and zippedkind in the world that will be showcased Workers (AEWs) from all six provinces folders, basic computer and datain Pangasinan. NMRiceMobile is of the Bicol Region attended the storage troubleshooting, and the moresupported by an online decision-making tool developed by International trainings that ensued on August 23-25, commonly used computer programs,Rice Research Institute (IRRI) called August 31-September 2, September particularly MS Excel, PowerPoint andNutrient Manager for Rice which is aptly 6-8, and September 13-15, 2011. Word.designed for rice growing countries The Office of the Provincial As requested by specificthat will help the farmers and extension Agriculturist (OPAg) and Provincial participants, the discussions alsoworkers quickly determine the best Agricultural Services (PAS) in all highlighted formulas for computer-fertilizer management practice for six Bicol provinces -- namely Albay, automated figuring out of typhoonspecific field. Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, damage, current age, and eligibity of a The caravan included road show variable such as personal income for ato strategic location in Pangasinan to loan or grant.promote NMRiceMobile. After which, a AEWs are important link in Zoilus Aurelius Ruiz, Informationprogram was conducted at the ATI-RTC the development loop as1, the briefing on e-Extension Program Technology Specialist of TESDA- disseminators of agricultural RTC V, served as resource personand NMRice Mobile and an open forumfollowed. information to various end- who expertly steered the lecture, Municipal Agriculturist of San users. Thus they need to be discussions and participants’ computerNicolas, Pangasinan Reynaldo Dotimas competent in using various hands-on. During post-trainingsaid “maganda ang naging bunga electronic tools. evaluations, the young trainer whomng caravan dahil ngayon ay marami participants described as effective,nang farmers ang may cellphone...mas mabilis and dissemenation ng ►page 6information...itong nutrient managerfor rice ay maganda kasi karamihansa atin, mga extension workers, ay isa CBDM for Bohol AEWs and the Youth Tsa dapat na armas mo pag pupunta AGBILARAN CITY, Bohol the AEWs and 4-H Club databaseska sa bukid kasi tinatanong ka ng mga – Another batch of training correspondingly. Furthermore, thefarmers kung ano ang kailangan nila na on Computer-Based Data participants were taught on how tofertilizer”. Management (CBDM) was maximize the internet by searching The caravan was attended by 26different municipalities of Pangasinan successfully held in this city which information in the web and browsingand the Provincial Agriculture’s Office was participated in by 25 agricultural relevant agricultural websites.with a total of 154 participants. With extension workers (AEWs) and 4-H To ensure maximum learning,wholehearted support and participation Club members. some lecture and hands-on exercisesof PhilRice, DA-Regional Field Unit The CBDM training aimed to were applied while hand-outs wereI (RFU I), Bureau of Soil and Water present the e-Extension Program likewise distributed to reinforce theManagement (BSWM), Philippine focusing on its e-Learning and the learning-teaching process.Crop Insurance Corporation (PCIC), Farmers’ Contact Center, the AEWs The activity was held last AugustPangasinan State University (PSU), website and 4-H Club web portal. The 24 to 26, 2011 at the ATI-RegionalBureau of Plant Industry (BPI), National participants explored the e-Learning Training Center 7 complex. (MPSoliva)Irrigation Administration (NIA) and portal and activated their profile atIrrigators’ Association. (MCDacapias) 4 e-Extension Agenda January 2012
  5. 5. AT THE REGIONS ATI-RTC 1 Conducts 6 Batches of GIS training; Briefs AEWs on e-Extension ProgramS TA. BARBARA, Pangasinan – used to provide an Aiming to become a GIS-ready implemented solution. region, the Agricultural Training Likewise, withInstitute-Regional Training Center I increased awareness(ATI-RTC I) conducted six batches of of geospatialtwin courses on Introductory Training technologieson Geographic Information System and its role in(GIS) with a briefing on e-Extension society, PhilippineProgram. agriculture has and This was in the partnership must continue towith the Department of Agriculture- embrace informationRegional Field Unit and Pangasinan communicationState University. technology (ICT) With the GIS technology, the and GIS to adaptfactors that influence crop productivity to the changingcan be identified, mapped and circumstances. Some the resource speakers during the 165 agricultural extension trainings. workers (AEWs) from Participants commended the Ilocos Sur, Ilocos Norte, training as it will help them on their La Union and Pangasinan line of work. “I’ve learned a lot from participated in the said these trainings. I will put it on my trainings. They were inbox knowledge and store it in my introduced to the GIS database,” Cheryl Ruguian of Burgos, software and applications, Ilocos Norte said. Another participant, briefed on the e-Extension Cornelio Balbesino, added that he was Program and registered “amazed because this is my first time them in the AEWs to attend these kinds of trainings.” database. Phase II of these training is being Engr. Joan Pauline planned and will be conducted this Talubo and Lawrence year. (MCDacapias) T. Ramos served ase-Extension Appreciation and Computer-BasedData Management Course Conducted for AEWsC ABAGAN, Isabela - As part of database management and acquire documentation, the different programs our continuous e-extension knowledge on different commodities of Microsoft office including Word, program advocacy and thrust to through the e-learning courses Excel and Powerpoint were alsoconduct training on computer literacy offered online. This is one component agricultural extension workers of the e-Extension program of the Lecture-discussion and hands-on(AEWs), the Agricultural Training Department of Agriculture with the ATI exercises were employed to effectivelyInstitute – Regional Training Center 2 as lead implementing agency. transfer the knowledge and skills. As a(ATI-RTC 2) conducted four batches For AEWs to be prepared in the result, most participants finished theirof e-extension appreciation and fast changing technology, they were online course and enrolled further tocomputer-based data management oriented on computer operations other courses.course for AEWs from Cagayan, and the use of internet in acquiring To continuously populate the AEWIsabela, Nueva Vizcaya, Quirino and information on agriculture and fishery. database, all participants registeredBatanes. The e-Extension Program focusing and updated their profile in the said Conducted last August and on e-learning and e-farming, farmers’ database. (CMAlaska)September 2011, the said trainings contact center, Nutrient Manager forcapacitated 114 AEWs on the Rice Mobile (NMRiceMobile) was alsooperations of computer programs, introduced, For data processing and e-Extension Agenda January 2012 5
  6. 6. ATI, TESDA Team Up...From page5 relevant, and very comprehensive. They said all topics were useful and Snapshotsversatile and approachable, readily interesting.answered varied questions from Immersed in their locality, AEWsthe trainees on topics ranging from have access to a great volume ofcomputer programs to hardware agricultural data at the barangay,maintenance. municipal, city, and provincial The training course also levels. They are important link in thefocused on online searching and development loop as disseminatorscorrespondence, as well as Philippine of agricultural information to variousagriculture-allied websites, particularly end-users. Thus they need to bethe e-Extension Program, e-Learning, competent in using various electronicand the AEW Database. tools, including computers and A Overall, the participants sized up internet, to efficiently share data and delegation of Researchers fromthe course as very satisfactory, very information. (PBImperial) Indonesia Agency for Agricultural Research and Development (IAARD) visited the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) and was briefed on ATI’s programs and services, including its e-Extension Program for Agriculture and Fisheries. The delegation was composed of Dr. Wiwik Hartatik, Dr. Yayan Apriyana and Arif Surahman of IAARD. The briefing was held last November 21, 2011 at the Agriculture and Fisheries Knowledge Center, Compulab, ATI Central Office, Diliman, Start your very own swine Quezon City. enterprise by Mastering the ABCs of Pig Production! The online Course on Swine Management is now available, enroll at What our e-Learners say D ILIMAN, Quezon City – The Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) conducted a training-workshop on updating the I am thankful for I am one of the students who were chosen to attend the ATI Centers’ websites titled “ATIiNteractive training on e-Extension. It is a worthwhile experience. We were able to Revamp: Drupal 7 Theming for ATI Centers’ know the characteristics of extension workers after we have enrolled in the Websites.” EDS online course. Thank you. We met our expectations in the course and Using Drupal 7 as its Content the facilitators. KUDOS! Management System (CMS), the 40 webmasters from ATI Training Centers - Joel Divina, Isabela updated their own center websites and used a unifying theme for all the ATI-RTC sites. Thank you very much, now I am already done with my course “Seed to Seed The webmasters were divided into two Online Course on corn production” and I’ve gain a lot of knowledge on it. groups where the first batch of the training- - Wilver Cabalbag, Burgos Pangasinan workshop was held last Novemebr 6 to 11 at the Garden Oases Resort and Convention I really did not expect that students like us are part of the clients of Center, Davao City while the second batch ATI. Thank you for including us in the training on e-Extension, it’s a nice was held last November 14 to 18, 2011 at the experience. Compulab of the Agriculture and Fisheries - Maridel Galicia, Tumauini, Isabela Knowledge Center at the ATI Central Office, Diliman, Quezon City. Bringing e-learning to NIPSC Batad Campus is an opportunity and big help to our B.S. Agriculture students. Thank you so much, ATI! - Eva Montero, Batad, Iloilo 6 e-Extension Agenda January 2012
  7. 7. NEWS ATI Webmasters Gathered to Revamp ATIiNteractive SiteD ILIMAN, Quezon City the website can bring. –Recognizing the continuous “With the new updated and rapid evolution of websites I hope that it willInformation and Communication showcase your Center’sTechnology (ICT), the Agricultural programs and services,”Training Institute (ATI) recently he said. “Also, I wouldgathered its pool of webmasters like to see these websitesto revamp its corporate website, as a way for the Centersincluding those of its network of ATI to be more transparentTraining Centers. which is in support of the Since the inception of the government’s initiativeATIiNteractive, the official website of in transparency andthe ATI, the Drupal 6 has been used governance,” Saliot its Content Management System Some topics that(CMS) and with the introduction of were discussed duringDrupal 7, considering its user-friendly the training were: current workshop was held last November 6interface, the ATI web team worked on status of ATI sites, enumeration and to 11 at the Garden Oases Resort andto give their corporate websites a new discussion of some good practices Convention Center, Davao City whilelook. from the ATI Centers, and working on the second batch was gathered last A total of 40 designated Drupal 7 as well as updating to a new November 14 to18, 2011 at the AFKCwebmasters from the ATI Regional theme. Compulab, ATI Bldg., Diliman, QuezonTraining Centers (ATI-RTC) were The first batch of the training- City. (BCNatividad)divided into two batches for thetraining-workshops dubbed as“ATIiNteractive Revamp: Drupal 7Theming for ATI-Center Websites.”The activity aimed to have consistencyand uniformity through all of the ATINetwork of Training Center’s websites. Specifically, the webmastersstreamlined menu links for all ATICenters, updated compendium ofavailable Information Education andCommunication (IEC) materials at theATI Centers, new uploaded contentssuch as videos and presentationmaterials and enhanced SearchEngine Optimization (SEO) content formore web visibility. ATI Director Asterio P. Saliot notedsome of the possible opportunities e-Extension Agenda January 2012 7
  8. 8. From the view of an e-Extension for AFE Kicks into Fifth gear;e-Extension Coordinator Program Review and Planning Workshop Held A Pile to Smile M ANILA – The e-Extension Twenty-one selected e-Extension About Program for Agriculture and Fisheries can consider 2011 coordinators from ATI Training Centers attended the review andO n September 9, 2011, I a banner year. planning workshop. The activity aimed attended the joint meeting With 25 e-Learning courses to update the coordinators on the of the Region Eight Applied offered, almost 10,000 registered e-Extension Program, Techno GabayCommunications Task Force (REACTF) users in the e-learning site coupled Program, as well as other activitiesand the Regional Management with 5,624 enrollees and 3,572 such as School-on-the-Air, Farmers’Information System-Core Group graduates, the e-Extension Program Contact Center (FCC) and the(RMIS-CG) of the Visayas Consortium truly had a successful year in 2011. NMRiceMobile. Likewise, the planningfor Agriculture and Resources Program. Deeming the importance of workshop served as a way for thePart of the discussion is the upcoming evaluating the effectiveness and coordinators to prepare their Work andsilver anniversary and debut of the efficiency in implementing the Financial Plan (WFPs) for 2012 andREACTF and RMIS-CG, respectively, e-Extension Program especially for June 2012. the past calendar year, the Agricultural Alberto B. Maningding, ATI’s Dr. Wolfreda T. Alesna who Training Institute (ATI) held the 5th Deputy Director for AFE Operationspresided the meeting, shared how both e-Extension Program Review & observed the importance ofgroups started and how we become Planning Workshop titled “Hi-5 for reviewing last year’s targets andwhat we are at present. She also told 2012.” accomplishment as it will “pave wayus that ever since she was appointed for your next targets forthe RACO coordinator and formed the years 2012 and 2013.”the REACTF, she gladly accepted “And with a large chunkthe additional workload and saw it of the Department ofas a challenge to improve further her Agriculture’s budget goingknowledge and skills. She has enjoyed to research and extensionthe work, saying that "If you love it is just right to plotyour work, it is not work anymore. It your activities this year,”becomes a hobby." Maningding added. This brought me to a very similar The Workshop wassituation in our Center, where we are held at the Bayview Parkloaded with more work because of Hotel, Roxas Boulevard,more extension activities to accomplish. Manila last January 4 to 7,I then realized that attitude matters 2012. (BCNatividad)whenever we are given extra loads. As e-Extension Coordinators,we have to promote the program andconduct several extension activities tothis end. With the institutionalization ofthe Techno Gabay Program to the ATI,another workload has been added to us(though we dont call it as workload butadded functionality). These "add-ons"to our regular functions make us feeloverload. So how can you love a work thatmakes you feel overloaded? Somecall it toxic. Maam Freda providedthe answer when she said, "For everypile of work at your table you shouldsmile, because that means you are stillneeded." The feeling of being needed issomething that no one can ignore.Indeed, it is a pile that you can smileabout. (DBRBaltazar) 8 e-Extension Agenda January 2012