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e-Extension Agenda 4th issue

  1. 1. e-Extension AgendaVol. I No. 4 November 2009 ATI Launches Contact Center Aggie Secretary Yap as Keynote SpeakerT he long wait is over. The Farmer’s Contact Center (FCC) of the Department of Agriculture(DA) with Agricultural Training Institute(ATI) at the forefront is here and readyto serve you. Agriculture Secretary Arthur C. Yapwill lead in the unveilling of the hotlinenumbers of the FCC and will give thekeynote speech during the launchingon November 28, 2009 in Tagbilaran,Bohol. The FCC is an alternativedelivery channel in providing timelyinformation and extension services.Through the FCC, people can inquireon agri-related concerns via voice(call), short messaging service (SMSor text) as well as emails and otheronline communication such as instantmessaging and fora. The FCC can be contacted at 982-2474 (AGRI) for Metro Manila, 1-800-10-982-2474 (AGRI) for provincial tollfree call and 0928-4990-965 for mobile answer is not yet in the KB or if theusers. agent doesn’t know the answer, the What’s Inside Inquiries can also be sent through query will then be escalated to level 2.text at 391-32 (DA) for SMART andTalkNText subscribers and 0928-4990- Level 2 is composed of experts from e-Learning now ‘compulsory’ to the DA agencies and institutions. If students of NORMISIST--------- 2965 for non-SMART subscribers. the query needs further probing and/ Also, FCC can be reached at or field and farms visit this would be e-extension Goes Int’l--------- referred to the level 3 experts. Level 3 There will be three levels of experts are composed of agriculturalsupport that will be made available extension workers (AEWs), agricultural ATI joins Agrilink 2009-------- 3to respond to the clients’ queries. scientists and from other institutions/Level 1 would be the Call Center Awakening the Lola Techie organizations like State University andAgents with agriculture background. in our AEWs------------------ 6 Colleges (SUCs).These agents will answer the queries The FCC is under the e-Farmingusing the KnowledgeBase (KB), if the ►page 3 Always, Onward-------------- 7 1
  2. 2. NEWS e-Extension Agenda e-Learning now ‘compulsory’ to all aggie students in NORMISISTB UTUAN CITY, Caraga Region -- Starting June 2009 e-Learning will be considered compulsoryto all students taking up agriculturecourses at all class grade. A certificate of completion will be awarded to them provided they meet all of the following: shall have finished all the coursethe Northern modules and end-Mindanao NORMISIST incorporate of-module examsState Institute ATI’s e-Learning to their (EOMs), shall haveof Science and visited ATI-Caraga’sTechnology curriculum demonstration(NORMISIST), site for the fieldan agricultural state college based in demonstration activity, and shallButuan City, Caraga Region. have aced the exams with a This development transpired when composite rate of not less than instructors in agriculture as this canthe Institute’s Academic Council, 60%. broaden their knowledge on thechaired by NORMISIST President Dr. Aside from agriculture students, particular field and be in the know onJoanna B. Cuenca, approved last May NORMISIST also requires all its faculty latest agricultural technologies and good13, 2009 the proposal of ATI-Caraga to members in the College of Agriculture practices of various commodities.incorporate e-Learning modality in their to take up e-Learning. Other students In this fast-paced and ever-changingAgriculture curriculum. and faculty members not belonging world, academic institutions – being the As a result of this approval, to the said College but are currently seat of knowledge and wisdom – cannotbeginning school year 2009 all students engaged in farming may enroll in afford to be lagged behind from thetaking up B.S. in Agriculture and B.S. e-Learning on an optional/voluntary current technological trends. In theirin Agricultural Technology are required basis. pursuit towards competence, excellence,to take up e-Learning. Their composite The e-Learning of ATI can and development, their curricula havescore will have a weight in their over- be helpful both for students and to be relevant and realistic in relation to the demands of time. (JPDEJampac) e-Extension Program goes InternationalH ANOI, VIETNAM -- Almost two years after its launching, the e-Extension Program forAgriculture and Fisheries has beenrecognized as one of the significant ICT as it has been lined up as one of the topics shared during the 4th World Information Technology Forum and delivered the paper entitled "ICT Initiatives of the Philippines Towards (WITFOR) held last August 26 The e-Extension Agenda to 28, 2009 at the National ►page 3 Vol. I No. 4initiatives in the global ICT community Convention Center in Hanoi, Novemebr 2009that aim for sustainable development. Vietnam. With its network of institutions The Agricultural Training Editor Theresa Aurora B. Cosicoand the services it offers, the Institute (ATI), the lead Writers Yovina-Claire R. Agsawae-Extension Program started to make implementing agency for Benedict C. Natividadwaves in the international scene of e-Extension and the extension Vic Thor A. Palarca and training arm of the Contributors Primalou Imperial (ATI-RTC 5) Ms. Mappala delivers her Philippine Department Dennis Boyd Baltazar (ATI-RTC 8) paper in Vietnam for WITFOR of Agriculture, has Hazel Grace Taganas (ATI-RTC 8) been invited to share Jason Paul Dads E. Jampac its experiences and (ATI-CARAGA) learnings gained Layout Artist Benedict C. Natividad during the program Photographer Clemente A. Gabion Template Design Alexander DG Hernandez implementation. Ms. Editorial Consultants Antonieta J. Arceo Pamela Mappala, Pamela MG. Mappala Assistant Chief of Jose Rey Y. Alo e-Learning the ATI-Knowledge Process Adviser Products Management Advisers AD Evelyn Aro-Esquejo MNSA, CESO VI Division (ATI-KPMD) AD Alberto B. Maningding MNSA, CESO IV represented the Institute Dir. Asterio P. Saliot MNSA, CESO III 2
  3. 3. NEWS e-Extension Agenda ATI joins Agrilink 2009A s part of the continuous effort to promote the extension services of the Department ofAgriculture, the Agricultural TrainingInstitute (ATI) actively participated provided interested visitors the Likewise, ATI took the chance chance to be personally briefed on the to give out information education eExtension Program of the Department communication (IEC) materials to those specifically on the e-Learning site Agrilink is now on its 16th year who visitedin the Agrilink Trade Fair 2009 at the features and its serving the Philippine Agriculture the nook.World Trade Center, Metro Manila last online courses. and Fisheries Sector ThereOctober 8 to 10, 2009. Steps in were Computers were set up in the registering into about “Knowledge Nook” of the website, list 4,232 pieces the Department of online courses of various of Agricultures and downloadable IEC materials booth. techno kits were like Guide These introduced to to Citrus the visitors. Production, At the Guide to same time, Mango visitors were Production, given the Guide to opportunity to Broiler A briefing on the e-Extension register at the Production, program was conducted nook while they CattleAgrilink visitors avail the free IECs materials were being briefed. Raising, Integrated Pest Management, Vegetable Production, among others that were distributed. From page 2 The AgriLink Trade Fair is an e-Extension goes Int’l.... in socio-economic fields such as international agribusiness trade agriculture, healthcare, environment, exhibition where the government Sustainable Agricultural Development: education and commercial and sector, principally the Philippine The e-Extension Program for business promotion. Department of Agriculture, and Agriculture and Fisheries", which was With this years theme "ICT for the private sector showcase their written by programs and services, products Ms. Mappala WITFOR 2009 was attended by more Sustainable Development", and technologies. The fair is being together than 700 delegates from 120 countries, WITFOR conducted by the Foundation for with Ms. where international speakers had 2009 was Resource Linkage and Development Antonieta J. thorough discussions and exchanges on a minister- Inc.(FRLD) and is already on its 16th Arceo, Chief level event year. (BCNatividad with reports from of the ATI- the various ICT- issues YCRAgsawa) participated KPMD and by Vietnamese Mr. Joserey Prime Minister Nguyen Tang Dung as From page 1 Y. Alo, e-Learning Process Adviser of well as other high ranking officials FCC Soon to be Launched.... ATI. from the global ICT community WITFOR 2009 was attended such as ICT ministers, senior policy- component of the e-Extension by more than 700 delegates from makers, international organizations, Program of the DA. The e-Farming 120 countries, where about 100 UN agency representatives aside from component features the delivery of international speakers had thorough the non-government organizations, farm and business advisory services discussions and exchanges on the academe, ICT experts and the private through the use of the ICT. The service various issues to help achieve the UN sector. also includes technical advisory on Millennium Development Goals and to WITFOR is organized every two agriculture and fisheries technologies contribute to the implementation of years by the International Federation and agricultural marketing assistance the Action Plan of the World Summit for Information Processing since to the farmers, extension workers, on the Information Society. 2003 by establishing linkages among in terms of making their farming a These issues include the developed and developing profitable enterprise.(BCNatividad) e-government, telecommunication countries to be able to exploit the infrastructure, human resources, developmental opportunities through open source software together with ICT. (PMGMappala) solutions and IT application lessons 3
  4. 4. NEWS FEATURE e-Extension Agenda Angara: ICT can be brought to the Grassroots through the Aurora e-Village Project T“ he Aurora e-village Project proyektong ito, inisip natin na in just a click of a finger as what hopes to demonstrate that ICT magkaroon ng agricultural information President Antonio D. Kalaw of can be brought to the grassroots system para sa mga farmers natin. Nais Development Academy of the specifically the province of natin magkaroon ng production system Philippines (DAP) said “With modern Aurora.” technology, the information The Aurora e-Village Project aims to integrate This was the statement we need to be more ICT as part of a rural community’s life to improve competitive is available of Senator Edgardo J. Angara in his keynote speech in the access to information, enhance productivity, with one click of a finger soft-launching of the Aurora increase family income and improve quality of life through the use of e-Village Project held in the in the community. Information Communication Rice processing Complex Technology or ICT, or what Baler, Aurora last June 29, we commonly refer to as 2009. ay maiangat ang antas ng kalidad the wonders of computers, the web, “While the rest of the world have ng mga produkto” Governor Angara- the internet, the cellular phones and gone online in terms of business and Castillo said. texting”. personal transactions, the provincial Commissioner Angelo Timoteo The project aims to integrate Government of Aurora, the Department M. Diaz De Rivera of Commission on ICT as part of a rural community’s of Agriculture and the Development Information and Communications life to improve access to information, Academy of the Philippines embark on Technology (CICT) sees the project as enhance productivity, increase family a new challenge of uniting and linking the key in the municipalities of Aurora though bridging the Information and Communication digital divide Technology (ICT) by creating a in Aurora, system of transaction and accessing where better information particularly agriculture” access to said Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) information Director Asterio Saliot. will be According to Senator Angara, expected the idea of the project started when “With the he was invited in Bangalore, India, help of ICT where there is a digital village and we can now bridge the Senator Angara with Governor Bellaflor Angara of Aurora, they taught their farmers on how to access the internet and get valuable physical divide DAP President Antonio Kalaw and ATI Director Asterio P. Saliot and digital during the launching of the Aurora e-Village Project information for their production. ”And we hope that the people of Aurora divide that persist in the province of income and improve quality of life in especially the farmers would adopt and Aurora. This project will be reference the community. It also aims to provide assimilate ICT as a helpful tool for their site for which we will now look at for a collective strategy in the adoption, production” added Senator Angara. the other provinces of the country in dissemination, and commercialization Governor Bellaflo Angara-Castillo trying to replicate the success that will of technology-based, market driven of Aurora believes that though the surely come out from this particular production system for agricultural project the quality of the product would project” Commissioner Diaz De Rivera productivity and competitiveness. greatly improve. “Sa said. And access to information can be For the first phase of the project, acquired four municipalities of Aurora will be the main beneficiaries, namely Baler, Maria Aurora, San Luis and Dipaculao. Local cooperatives from these four municipalities will be capacitated to provide technology-based information that they can share with the farmers. For the second phase, the project will be implemented in the four remaining municipalities of Aurora namely, Casiguran, Dingalan, Dilasag and Rice Processing Complex of Aurora Dinalungan.(BCNatividad) 4
  5. 5. NEWS e-Extension Agenda Snapshots What our e-Learners Say “...I have very limited ideas in this field, that is why i am learning (Goat 1). P.S. Is this website/online help/online course part of the Philippine government or is this a private sector? If this is part of the government project, Congratulations! You guys are the best and have the most advance technique/Information technology :)” Eric Roca Cebu “Thank you very much. I’ve already started the course (Goat 1); I find it quite informative and am very pleased because it is also quite interesting and practical. More power to you and your fellow trainors/mentors.” Angel-Jose Solis Vienna, AustriaThe Regional Consultationworkshop For the Development of “...Thank you very much. This is the most recent certificate (GreenhouseKnowledgebase for Agriculture and 1) I have received. I really need this one because of my current jobFishery is a gathering of regional application in the public high school. She was asking about how I will beexperts of different commodities applying my knowledge in the seminar and in my case I can impart to mywith a goal to create FAQs for the students as an educator the application and knowledge I have received. IKnwledgebase that will support the even came to know that Ms. Jocey (courseware developer) and I have theFarmers’ Contact Center (FCC). Also, same alma mater.during the consultation a commitment Jennifer Lorenzosetting for the experts was made in Bulacansupport of the FCC. (Story on page 8) From our shoutbox @ Maganda at marami ako nalaman. Salamat at kailan ko makuha ang certificate ko? Julius Acosta This is a nice and informative course. Thanks! If I will plant yellow corn this month, will there be a good price next year? Aries Magat I am from Normisist. I want to extend my thanks for this opportunity. God bless everyone. Reycinee Joy Basan ATI Director Asterio P. Saliot awards Techno Guide on Corn Production the Certificate of Completion to Out Now!!! Ms. Vilma Abalos, Agricultural Technologist and Municipal FITS Includes the following brochures: Coordinator of Umingan, Pangasinan for finishing five e-Learning courses. Ms. Abalos noted that she • Corn Cultural Management enjoyed the e-Learning courses • Corn Industry Profile when she first enrolled in the course • Management Guide for the Various From Seed to Seed: Online Course Growth Stages of Corn on Corn Production that led her to • Pest and Disease of Corn take four more courses. • Cost and Return of Investment in Corn Production • Harvest and Postharvest Operations for Corn 5
  6. 6. FEATURES e-Extension Agenda Awakening the by Dennis Boyd Baltazar ATI-RTC 8 in our AEWsM aybe you are wondering who (AEWs). But why not? Our is "Lola Techie" or maybe not. For those who dontknow her, Lola Techie is the savvygrandmother who superpokes her hope-to-be Techies gave us (based on what we gathered in promoting e-extension) one or a combination of the following: 1) they enthusiasts. For the young once donts, we can offer them better dos although much work of convincing isapo in Facebook, post her laments dont know how to use a computer or needed for thosein Twitter are afraid to use in the 4 and 5and plays Lola Techie became popular it; 2) they dont MMORGP have access to a because of her savvy ability computer; 3) they Why do(Massivelymultiplayer to adapt latest technology, dont have time to we need to ATI only hopes that our AEWs use the computer; convince theseonline role- "grandparents"?playing game) would do the same 4) they dont find (not that they Lola Techiewhere she gets it useful; or 5) are old in ageangry because they dont care. The challenge for us now is to but are old to adapt technology).there are too many "abangers" (I Convincing these group of AEWs todont even know what it means) and awaken the Lola Techie in our AEWs, adopt the technology would mean aplays Mafia Wars instead. Now you get specifically the young once, not so good selling point for our program,it? Right! Shes the funny grandmother much with the just like telcos Lola Techie. Thisin one telco ad for their DSL service. young ones may mean work and more work but Lola Techie is the epitome of because I think it would be worth the while.the older generation who are ready they are After all what we hope to achieveto embrace change big time, hence computer here is to deliver the technology tothe name (I guess). How we wish our stakeholders by all means. Whothat we can say the same thing for knows, eventually, our AEWs wouldour agricultural extension workers embrace change the Lola Techie way. AEWs in field work The yellow button by Hazel Grace Taganas ATI-RTC 8W hether it coincided with the of information and communication their anniversary shirts, their way of "yellow color of the day(s)" technology in attaining a modernized heralding the program and letting the nation had, the enlarged agriculture and fisheries sector. It others know that there is anotheryellow e-Learning buttons spread all specifically provided VSU guests efficient alternative to classroomover the facade of ATI 8s booth were and constituents information on the learning.a hit and captivated many particularly e-Farming and Andstudents during the Visayas State e-Learning The author talks about how the yellow because it’sUniversity (VSU) 85th Anniversary on components of e-Learning button made an impact to yellow, itAugust 1 to 11. the program, visitors during VSU anniversary was more The yellow buttons featuring than justwe gave away to the e-Learningour booth visitors text support service which is that time. Whatever added meaningattracted others the 391-32 and the on-line they had to the yellow button, theto visit our booth courses that are available message was clear, it reminded themand see what we and accessible via the net. of a change that took place and madehave in stored for While ATI 8 staff pinned them aware of a change that is takingthem. The centers the e-Learning buttons place that we are confident theybooth showcased the in their anniversary hats would embrace.e-Extension program of during the parade, others whothe Institute to advocate the use availed of it proudly pinned them in 6
  7. 7. FEATURES e-Extension Agenda Always, onward by Primalou Imperial ATI-RTC 5A s aptly told by Ms. Meitats (a nitty-gritty and preliminaries that had horse-drawn wagon across the street. fellow e-Learning Coordinator) to be done for the upcoming launch We enjoyed the novel exercise of in Demystifying Sagada!, the of the Farmers Contact Center this being able to make our way across thee-Learning Office coordinators’ first September. city and along the seaside boulevardget-together earlier this year was Topographically, Negros Oriental, entirely on foot. We felt we understoodin the highlands of the Cordilleras. whose capital is Dumaguete City, is a why foreigners abound in the area.The activity reviewed Incidentally,the barely two-year old ELO Coordinators from all over the country met for the second we learned thate-Learning program’s time this year, this time in Dumaguete City, to explore another the famed, more-considerable successes program that harnesses the vast powers of information and than-a-century-oldand necessarily some communication technology. Silliman Universitylessons learned, and thus in Dumaguete is ATI Director place quite unlike cool, mountainous Asterio Saliot’s alma mater. His colorful Benguet or Mountain Province. The account of his days as a working Negros provinces are in an island that student in the University, about various sits apart from the rest of Western concerns the ATI directorate had Visayas. Barely literate in geography, to deal with in the course of ATI’s I should perhaps stop right there reengineering or makeover, as well in describing this tranquil Visayan island and its beautiful seascapes andParticipants from ATI-RTC 4A gently sloping terrain. Beforeproperly plan for the trajectory of its embarkingfuture activities. on our trip to This August, the ELO Coordinators Dumaguete,from all over the country met for however, Ithe second time this year, this eagerly “googledtime in Dumaguete City, to explore it, just a little bit.”another program that harnesses A fellowthe vast powers of information and traveler we metcommunication technology. With on the airportdiscussions greatly enriched by informed us quitethe operational savvy of seasoned emphatically thatagriculturists from the training centers, Dumaguete is thethe workshop participants “eighteenth best Some of Dumaguete’s beautiful sceneries discussed place to settle the in the world, in the world, according as the riotously enjoyable fellowship to surveys.” It’s plain to see why. night shared with him and the equally Dumagueteños live up to their name, inspiring Assistant Director Alberto which means gentle people. Walking Maningding: these brought the through the city streets and asking workshop participants in closer kinship for directions from helpful bystanders with our Directors. and storekeepers, we found the During the long trip in one description fits very well indeed. We of three utility cars that took the saw the Dumaguete drivers’ road workshop participants to one of courtesy. On one occasion I was Negros’s renowned tourist destinations, surprised and sheepish in turn the Antulang beach resort, the when tricycles skirted to a stopParticipants of the Dumaguete Planning so they would not block my view ►page 10Workshop and I could take a picture of a 7
  8. 8. Farmer’s Contact Center e-Extension AgendaATI Holds Workshop to Develop Knowledgebase in Support of the FCCD UMAGUETE CITY, NEGROS ORIENTAL -- The Agricultural Training Institute (ATI)gathered the e-learning coordinatorsand training specialists of its Network Text Support Center in January 2009, ATI started the creation of this knowledgebase as a prelude to the full implementation of the e-Farming among the stakeholders. Next phase would be the ATI Centers series of regional consultations among the stakeholders that would supplement the contents needed for the component of the e-Extension Programof Training Centers for a planningworkshop to develop a ATI gathered the e-learning coordinators knowledgebase and training specialists of its Network of towards the establishment Training Centers for a planning workshop to of the Farmers develop a knowledgebase Contact Center of the for Agriculture and Fisheries. Set Department to launch within theyear, the FCC knowledgebase. It is where subject of is one main service that the DA will matter specialists of various agricultural Agriculture be offering to its clientele to provide commodities would be gathered (DA). farm and business advisory services together to get their involvement in After through the use of information and this undertaking. the soft communication technology (ICT). The knowledgebase would be launch As its initial undertaking, the the FCC reference to respond to the of its ATI held the national planning frequently asked questions of the workshop which aimed to establish clientele of the DA. The ATI is the the appropriate system of referrals at lead implementing agency of the DAs the regional level for the frequently e-Extension Program for Agriculture asked questions (FAQs), determine the and Fisheries. mechanics of extracting information at The national planning workshop was the regional level, and formulate work held in Dumaguete City from August 10 plans for the regional consultations to 14, 2009.(YCRAgsawa) Acquiring Knowledge from the Grassroots for the FCCNow on to the regions! Contact Center After the successful undertaking (FCC): A Regional Before launching the FCC, ATI needs to establish Consultationof the National Workshop to develop a knowledgebase for Agriculture and Fisheries toknowledgebase in support of the workshop For the Development of serve as the support system of FCC.Farmers Contact Center held inDumaguete,the Agricultural consultation workshops aim to (1)Training Knowledgebase discuss the essence and features ofInstitute (ATI) for Agriculture FCC, (2) validate the system that musttakes the and Fishery,” be in place to make FCC operational,consultation the series of (3) generate the Frequently Askedworkshops workshops Questions (FAQs) with correspondingto the are being held answers relevant to agriculture andregional level. throughout fisheries production and (4) enlist theDubbed as the country commitment and participation of the“Towards the specifically in theEstablishment 17 regions of the Philippines. ►page 9of Farmer’s Participantsduring workshop proper The regional 8
  9. 9. e-Learning e-Extension Agenda Before launching the FCC, ATI the FCC is a pioneer project in theFrom page 8 needs to establish a knowledgebase for Philippines and needs a lot of work toAcquiring Knowledge.... Agriculture and Fisheries to serve as be successful. the support system of FCC. Generating “This is the first attempt of suchsubject matter specialist (SMS) to project in the Philippines and it is abe part of FCC. Participants were challenge because of the enormitySubject Matter Specialists (SMSs) of work to be done before weof the various commodities from can launch the Farmer’s ContactDA-Regional Field Units, local Center,” Maningding added.government units (LGUs), state The regional consultationuniversities and colleges (SUCs) workshops consisted of briefingsand the private sector. on the Overview of the e-Extension Mandated by the Program, Overview of the FarmersDepartment of Agriculture (DA) Contact Center which includesthrough its Department Order the discussion of the conceptualNo. 3 series of 2007, the ATI framework of the FCC and thetakes the lead in the provision proposed system of referral,of e-Extension services of consultation workshops on systemthe DA. Because of this, the of referral and the emerging issuesATI launched the e-Learning Subject Matter Specialist preparing drafts of FAQs and recommendations during thecomponent of the Program last all the Frequently Asked Questions implementation and generation of FAQsDecember 2007. For its subsequent (FAQs) of the various agricultural and lastly commitment setting.endeavor, the ATI plans to launch the commodities from the experts in the Expected outputs from the regionalFarmer’s Contact Center (FCC) to form regions, it will be consolidated and will consultation and workshops are thepart of the e-Farming Component serve as the foundation of the support directory of experts per commodity perof the e-Extension Program. FCC system of the FCC. specialization, list of Frequently Askedwill serve as an alternative delivery Assistant Director Alberto B. Questions (FAQs) and correspondingchannel and will supplement the Maningding, ATI’s Deputy Director for answers, validated referral system,andcurrent extension and agricultural AFE Operations urged the experts and the issues and recommendationssupport efforts. The intent is to provide Subject Matter Specialists to help ATI in which will serve as guide in theaccurate replies to the clientele’s this project during one of his messages drafting of institutional arrangementqueries through call (voice), short in the regional consultations. “We ask mechanisms and guidelines formessaging service (text), discussion the help of all the experts of DA-RFU, of the e-Learning site as well as SUCs, LGUs and the private sector in The consultations were held for thethe contact us email, and refer them to establishing the knowledgebase for whole month of September until theexperts for a detailed advise. the FCC,” he said. He also added that first week of October.(BCNatividad) Upcoming Online Courses Watch out for these four new online courses that will be offered by December, 2009. Online Course on Abaca Pest Management. This course deals on the identification of the major pests of abaca that cause significant decline in fiber production. The course is intended to provide basic knowledge on abaca pest management to agricultural extension workers, farmers and other stakeholders who are engaged or planning to go into abaca production. Online Course on Integrated Pests Management for Banana. This online course has 7 modules that tackle the pest of banana ant its corresponding control measures. Online Course on Organic Fertilizer for Sustainable Agriculture. This online course discusses methods of production and application of organic fertilizer. Likewise, it discusses the factors that could influence the quality of the organic fertilizer produced. This is being developed by DOST- PCARRD. Online Course on Jackfruit Production. It gives information on the different jackfruit varieties to cultural management, and pest and disease management. The course also tackles harvest and postharvest production and jackfruit marketing. 9
  10. 10. e-Learning e-Extension Agenda e-Learning Site: Fuller and BetterL earners enjoy new features and courses at ATI’s e-Learning website. The e-Learning site ( The e-Learning site just got better users can post a message. Aside from this, there are with the introduction of the shout- also new and improved courses box and new online courses available at the e-Learning site. As of mid-November, new courseselearning/) is now more interactive on Basic Agricultural Marketing feature was initially positioned at thewith the addition of an instant Extension (Agrimark1) and Yummy homepage until last October 29, 2009messaging feature – the shoutbox Yam: Ubi Production (Yam1) are when shoutboxes and chat loungesand chat lounge – where online users already accepting enrollees. Developed were created in every front-end of allcan exchange thoughts with the site’s the online courses to separate general by ATI-RTC1, Agrimark1 is e-Learning’stechnical support team, e-Learning concerns from the course-specific ones. first social technology course thatcoordinators and course developers. As such, anyone who visits the site can ►page 11Set up last August 8, 2009, this see this feature but only registered From page 7 “Anachronism” probably partly List of Online Courses describes Dumaguete too, and I mean Always, Onwards.... it as a compliment – age-old cultureT hese are the list of e-Learning multitalented Mr. Mar Lapitan of ATI- coexisting with modern-day people and Courses currently offered RTC 4A dispelled travel time doldrums way of life. It is charming, it works, through the e-Extension by playing on his mobile phone the and it brings desired results.Program. Enroll now at www.e- Faithful Love mp3. The sound brings to ATI prepares for the mind old-fashioned wedding receptions Contact Center, another ICT-based and idyllic Agriculture and Establishing Feed Resources public dances Fisheries service for Your Goats (Developed by during town delivery system. DOST-PCARRD) fiestas. Before It hopes to Starting a Slaughter Goat Enterprise you could “Anachronism” probably address the age- (Developed by DOST-PCARRD) say Bluetooth partly describes old problems of Citrus Growing: A Promising everyone was asking for a file Dumaguete too, and I technology gap Enterprise and inaccessible From Seed to Seed: Online Course transfer. mean it as a compliment information. on Corn Production The – age-old culture The problem Managing Common Diseases in incongruity of coexisting with modern- has become an Banana the age-old day people and way anachronism too, Growing Durian the Better Way instrumental playing heartily of life. It is charming, you might say. Abaca Production: Cultural Always Management Practices of Abaca in very mod it works, and it brings moving forward – Growing Bamboo for Profit and a communications desired results this has become Healthy Environment (Developed by devices... I the hallmark of DOST-PCARRD) wracked my ATI, particularly Production of High Value Crops in brain for the the team built by Greenhouse word that best Ma’am Niet, Ms. Savoring the Green Brew: Arabica depicts the experience (which we all Pam, Sir Rey, and the rest of the very Coffee Production enjoyed BTW). able AKMD team. The special kind of Seaweed Farming (Developed by Watching a horse-drawn carriage magic that worked in Dumaguete that DA-BAR) plod alongside a shiny black top-of-the- brought the participants together from Basic Agricultural Marketing line car in Dumaguete City, the word all across the country… may it continue Extension came to mind so faintly I almost failed serving us all in good stead, and help Yummy Yam: Online Course on Ubi to catch it, from memories of college us make age-old problems in farming a Production class lectures buried underneath years thing of the past. of bureaucratic limbo.10
  11. 11. e-Learning e-Extension AgendaFrom page 9 e-Learning Enrollees Escalate Me-Learning Site.... ore and more extension Online learners now have the workers, farmers and other opportunity to interact through onlinecovers the rudiments of agricultural people who are interested discussion forum and access a widemarketing. On the other hand, Yam1 in agriculture are now enrolling in the array of digital learning resourcescovers the major management e-Learning courses in the e-Extension to enhance their knowledge on apractices in ubi production and was site ( particular commodity. Other relevantdeveloped by ATI-RTC 7. Moreover, To date, there are 11 full courses agricultural information is also availablethe course on Production of High Value on agri-fishery on everyCrops in Greenhouse (Greenhouse1) technologies With e-Learning courses continue e-Learningis now being offered with a revised available online to increase so are the enrollees course whichversion – Greenhouse1.2 – by ATI- with a total of 972 and graduates can help theRTC3. As such, to enroll in a course, enrolees. enrolleesregistered e-Learning user just needs Among the make theto enter an enrollment key that enrolees, there are now a total of 465 right decisions in their farms.they can request through Text send graduates from the 11 courses. Also, the digital learning resourcesto 09284990965 or email from the Most of the online enrolees are people can be downloaded at the user’stechnical support team at support@e- interested to venture in agribusiness convenience. The interactivity and agricultural extension workers e-Extension website was even But it doesn’t stop there because (AEWs) across the country as the heightened by new feature thethree new online courses are still on major participants. All 11 courses are Shoutbox; The shoutbox was createdthe way which will be made available free except for the fee-based course on for the users to get instant replies frombefore the end of November 2009. Swine Husbandry which is offered by the web administrator the momentWith all this new inclusions at the the International Training Center on Pig they are logged in.e-Learning site, users can’t help Husbandry (ITCPH). All the full online courses arebut anticipate for more from it. The Of all the 11 courses, two courses currently exclusive to Filipinos here ande-Learning team never ceases to work were developed by the DOST-PCARRD abroad because of the courses’ localfor the continuous improvement of which are the Basic Agricultural recommendations.the site and for a better service to its Marketing Extension and Yummy Yam: A quick look at the 11 full coursesclientele. (YCRAgsawa) Ube Production and one course on can be browsed at www.e-extension. Seaweed Farming was developed by DA-BAR. Techno Guide on Lowland Vegetable Production Out Now!!! Includes the Following leaflets and brochures: • Ampalaya (Bitter Gourd) • Okra • Patola (Luffa Gourd) • Hot Pepper • Squash • Upo (Bottle Gourd) • Eggplant • Sitao • Tomato • Management Guide for Integrated Pests and Diseases of Lowland Vegetables • Guide in Selecting Lowland Vegetable Varieties 11
  12. 12. e-Extension Agenda Text Queries on Agri & Fishery Keeps on IncreasingM ore and more individuals Scholarships and Programs, etc. resort to the Text Support The Text Support Center is a Center of ATI for immediate helpdesk that caters to queries onresponse to their concerns on agriculture and fisheries. Farmers,agriculture. fishers extension workers, agri- Since it was launched last January entrepreneurs or anybodyuntil November 12, 2009, the text can send theirqueries received by the center already questionsreached a striking volume of 2,472. through ShortMajority of which, (1,608 queries), Messagepertains to the e-Learning Program of ServiceATI. (SMS), Second is for Other Concerns/ commonlyGreetings with a total number of 222 knowntexts while concerns on Rice fall only as Text, toon the third spot with 184 inquiries. the hotlineAs such, the most prevalent topic number 391-across all commodities is Pest and 32(DA)for SMART andDisease Management with a total TalkNTextsubribers and 0928-4990-of 150 queries. This is followed by 965 for non SMART subcribers.Cultural Management Practices and It is under the e-FarmingVarieties/Breeds/Species with 150 and component of ATI’s Extension78 queries, respectively. Program. This is in collaboration with Few queries that are also raised all the Department of Agriculture’sto the Text Support Center includes (DA) attached bureaus and agenciesCommodity Prices, Marketing, as well as other partner agencies ofPrograms, New Technologies, ATI ATI.(YRCAgsawa)12