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e-Extension Agenda 7th issue


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e-Extension Agenda 7th issue

  1. 1. Vol. III No. 7 September 2010 Agriculture Secretary Alcala Visits the Farmers Contact CenterD ILIMAN, Quezon City – which will serve Department of Agriculture as the framework (DA) Secretary Proceso “Procy” of all agricultureJ. Alcala visited and was briefed on and fisheriesthe functions of the Farmers’ Contact related program toCenter (FCC). Alcala who assumed promote sustainablethe position last July 2010 was agriculture,evidently impressed with the FCC’s natural resourcesuse of technology in giving service to management localits clienteles -- the farmers and the development andextension workers. food security. Alcala noted that if there are Likewise,questions about him and on the Office Bernadetteof the Secretary, the FCC agents Romulo-Puyat,can forward them to him and he will Undersecretary Secretary Alcala (4th from left) was briefed on the functions and the servicespersonally answer the questions. for Special Concerns offered by the Farmers Contact Center when he visited the FCC. Alcala visited the Agricultural and Joel Rudinas, Additionally, the three visited facilitiesTraining Institute (ATI) to present Undersecretary for Field Operations of ATI namely the Agriculture andthe DA Agri-Pinoy in the National earlier visited the FCC and were Fisheries Knowledge center and theTraining of Trainors for the Agri-Pinoy familiarized with its operation. computer laboratory. (BCNatividad) 12 New Members Join the Ranks of Courseware Developers for e-LearningD ILIMAN, Quezon City -- Through the years, since the e-Learning for agriculture and fisheries was launched in 2007, theagricultural sector was a witness to its growingpopularity not only among its clientele but also fromother countries who recognize the importance ofonline learning. Consequently, it also boosted thedemand and clamour for new e-Learning courses. Since then, the Agricultural Training Institute(ATI) as the extension and training arm of thePhilippine Department of Agriculture (DA) isadministering 17 online courses, ranging from cropsand livestock to marine and fisheries, but the call New members of courseware developers were the technical staff from the DA-PhilMech ►page 6 and selected centers of the DA-ATIs network of training centers specifically ATI-RTC IV-A, IV-B, VI, X, XII, and Caraga, including technical staff from ATI Central Office. e-Extension Agenda September 2010 1
  2. 2. NEWS ATI meets ISU Officials, Discusses Establishment of e-Learning OfficeE CHAGUE, Isabela – Intending the Department of Agricultures to establish an e-Learning e-Extension Program for Agriculture Center in their campus, officials and Fisheries.of Isabela State University (ISU) ISU was represented by PerlitaEchague Campus met with Agricultural Raymundo, Faculty Member ofTraining Institute (ATI). ATI is the the College of Agriculture, Myleenmain proponent of the e-Learning Corpuz, University Researcherfor Agriculture and Fisheries under and Queenie Joy Mesa, Dean of the College of Information Technology while ATI’s representatives The cyber library is being considered as one of the sites to establish the e-Learning Office were Antonieta Arceo, Chief of the up an e-Learning Center based on ATI-Knowledge the request of ISU. Possible trainings Products and other capability building activities Management that will be provided by ATI were Division and discussed which will form part of Center Director their involvement in the e-Learning Renato Maguigad component of the e-Extension of ATI-Regional Program of the DA. Part of the Training Center II. meeting was to visit possible sites The meeting where the ELO could be established. served as The meeting was held last August preliminary talks 25, 2010 at the ISU, Echague Campus.The ATI representatives discussed possible collaboration on e-Learning towards putting (BCNatividad)activities with the ISU officials. New e-Learning Courses Soon to be Offered Courseware Development Training Phase II HeldD AVAO CITY -- Rapid uploading Others are on responsible human The training was held last August of e-Learning courses is now on communication and human relations, 30 to September 4, 2010 at the the verge of being achieved. grains postharvest technology, corn Waterfront Insular Hotel in Davao City. With 10 new courses expected to postharvest technology, swine farm (BCNatividad)be offered in the last quarter of the management and economics of pig The e-Extension Agendayear, the Agricultural Training Institute husbandry. Volume III Number 77(ATI) sped up the development Lectures on Getting familiar September 2010process of the e-Learning courses with the workspace and frameby conducting the Phase II of the structure, Using templates, Editor Pamela MG MappalaCourseware Development Training design and run time settings Writer Benedict C. Natividadon e-Learning for Agriculture and and Constructing End of ModuleFisheries. test (EOM) were discussed by Contributors Maricel D. Dacapias, (ATI-RTC 1) After developing the content of Jose Rey Alo, e-Learning process Claris M. Alaska, (ATI-RTC 2)the new e-Learning courses in Phase I, adviser of ATI. Primalou B. Imperial (ATI-RTC 5) Jinah T. Obordo, (ATI-RTC 6)focus for the Phase II was turning the The same participants Merrian P. Soliva, (ATI-RTC 7)content into an e-Learning course using from the Phase I of the training Hazel Grace T. Taganas (ATI-RTCan interactive authoring tool. were on-hand for the Phase II 8) Courses coming up include rubber and were joined by selected Layout Artist Benedict C. Natividadproduction, piña fiber production, courseware developers from ATI- Editorial Consultants Antonieta J. Arceocultural management in banana Regional Training Centers (ATI- Jose Rey Y. Aloproduction, mushroom production RTC) I, III, IV, VIII, X, XI andand tilapia fingerlings production. Caraga. Advisers Asterio P. Saliot MNSA, CESO III Evelyn Aro-Esquejo PhD, MNSA, CESO VI Alberto B. Maningding MNSA, CESO IV 2 e-Extension Agenda September 2010
  3. 3. News from the Regions ATI awards e-course certificates to ASU students Introducing Farmers ContactA KLAN –The Agricultural Training Institute-Regional Training Center Center in the VI (ATI-RTC) led by its CenterDirector Allan V. Alimodian, awarded Visayas Te-course Certificates of Completion to 28 he Farmers and Fisherfolkstudents during the Entrance Ceremony Day of the Visayas Stateconducted by the College of Agriculture, University on August 10Fisheries and Environmental Science became an opportune time for ATI(CAFES) of the Aklan State University last 8 to introduce the Farmers ContactJune 29, 2010 at the ASU Review Center. ASU Agriculture student Gaven Tatulo receives one Center. The e-course graduates participated of four e-course certificates of completion from Dr. More than 2,000 farmers,in the e-Extension for Youth in Agriculture Alimodian together with ASU officials. fisherfolk and entrepreneursand Fishery training conducted by ATI-RTC participated this years field day.6 as part of their summer practicum last The Yummy Yam course had the most The University set aside a dayApril 21 to May 25, 2010. They were given number of graduates with 14. The number in its anniversary celebration toan orientation on the e-Extension Program of graduates for each of the other courses honor farmers who adopted theand a hands-on experience in accessing are: four for Bamboo; five for Banana; two technologies generated by itsthe e-Extension and the ATI websites. They for Citrus ; three for Coffee; four for Corn; researchers.were also required to finish at least one two for Durian; two for Seaweed Farming During the farmers forum,e-course of their choice for the duration of and three for Greenhouse. ATI-RTC 8 e-Learning Coordinatortheir summer practicum. On hand to assist Dr. Alimodian in the Dennis Boyd R. Baltazar presented Among the ASU students, Gaven distribution of the e-course certificates were the Farmers Contact Center. HeTatulo bested his co-graduates by ASU Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. briefly discussed the programssuccessfully completing four e-courses Ersyl T.Biray, ASU CAFES Dean Dr. Marilyn salient features, emphasizing(Bamboo 1, Banana1, Coffee1, Yam1) E. Romaquin, ATI-RTC 6 e-Extension on how to avail of its services.while Jhonmark Idorita was able to pass Program Coordinators Jinah T. Obordo and He then sat with other expertthree e-courses (Banana1, Coffee1,Yam1). Evelyn F. Villorente. (JTObordo, ATI-RTC 6) panelists to answer queries related to the e-extension services. He also promoted the e-LearningATI-RTC 7 Conducts ICT Training for Staff courses particularly the vegetable production in greenhouse as mostT AGBILARAN CITY – The two-day and browse free networking sites that can farmers got interested in the Basic ICT Training for ATI-RTC help facilitate in connecting friends and old protected cultivation for vegetable 7 personnel was successfully acquaintances. following the documentaryconducted last June 2 to 3, 2010 at AMA With the power of ICT, the AEWs presentation of the ACIAR-fundedComputer Learning Center Laboratory, this today are no longer exempted to use the project on protected computer as their tool in facilitating their The farmers were also given The training was designed to show, extension work and they find it fun and information materials on theintroduce and explore through simple challenging. (MPSoliva, ATI-RTC 7) Farmers Contact Center anddemonstrations and hands on exercises the e-Learning program servicesthe Agricultural Extension Worker’s (AEW) specifically on how to register on-database, the e-Extension site through its line and access the e-Extensiononline learning courses and the Farmers’ site.Call Center that enables the power of the ATI-RTC 8 also put up aICT for enhanced extension delivery. booth showcasing the e-farm and Twenty-one personnel attended the e-Learning components of thetraining with four On-the-Job Trainees who e-Extension program. Three moreare senior agriculture students from Bohol booths of the local governmentIsland State University, Bilar, Bohol. units of Ormoc and Baybay City, Said training provided a positive and the province of Leyte postedoutput among learners because they were the Farmers Contact Center info-able to update their online profile, enrol ATI-RTC 7’s technical staff Carmela Secuya and Asuncita signage.(HGTTaganas, ATI-RTC 8)online courses of their choice and even Locaylocay listened as Merrian P. Soliva, e-Extensionsome staff had finished the course as their Coordinator & Courseware developer explained the basicpracticum, explore agriculture friendly sites navigation on the AEW site. e-Extension Agenda September 2010 3
  4. 4. ATI-RTC I Conducts Basic Computer-Internet Literacy Training for AEWs S TA. BARBARA, Pangasinan - Technology will serve today’s extension workers well - in entry level work and beyond, in further study and lifelong learning, and in their personal lives as inquisitive, reflective, discerning and caring citizens. Advanced technologies are more pervasive today than they have ever been, and their uses are expanding continually. Information Communication Technology (ICT) is significantly enhancing and altering human activity, and enabling us to live, work, and think in ways that most of us never thought possible. To enable its clientele to enhance their capability in computer operations, the Agricultural Training Institute Regional Training Center I (ATI-RTC) conducted a “Training on Basic Computer-Internet Literacy” for the Agricultural Extension Workers (AEWs) last July 26 to 27, 2010. The two-day live-in training aimed to familiarize, equip and strengthen the capabilities of extension workers for a more effective and efficient delivery of the program and also, update them with the new technology especially the e-Learning component of the e-Extension Program. The said training was participated in by 30 AEWs and two ATI staff. Topics discussed were on the “Introduction to Computer Systems and Common Computer Applications” by Franklin A. Salcedo, “Internet-Creating an email account/address, the e-Extension Program: Registration & Enrolment to the e-Learning Courses” by Maricel D. Dacapias, e-Extension Coordinator of ATI- RTC I. What they can say about the training Learning is a continuous process, no matter what age one is in. The Training on Basic Computer-Internet Literacy was said to be an example to this statement. According to Carmenchita Balderas, 41 years old, Agricultural Technologist of Infanta, Pangasinan “Ang masasabi ko lang dito sa training na ito, alam niyo talagang first time na makahawak ng laptop. Dahil sa office kapag nakakakita ako ng computer sabi ko kailan kaya ako matututo nito. Kapag nakakakita ako ng mga bata, ang gagaling kako. Dahil dito sa training na ito bumili ang office namin ng laptop kaya bago ang dala ko. Ni hindi ko alam kung papaano ikabit, kung papano isaksak at kung paano icharge ang laptop na yan. Salamat at mayroon po itong training course na ito at natuto na akong mag-internet, mag-email, at nakarating na din ako sa facebook. Napakapalad po natin dahil mayroon itong training na ito”. Another impression was given by Clarito Corpuz, 52 years old, Agricultural Technologist of Pozorrubio, Pangasinan. He said that “ang course na ito sa totoo lang, napapanahon talaga sa akin. At para sa inyo na din siguro hindi na natin ideny na kailangang-kailangan natin ito hindi lang sa mga bata. Sa akin nga eh mayroong mga laptop ang mga anak ko pero hindi ko sinubok na galawin although ako ang bumili ng mga iyon. Sa opisina, mayroon kaming computer hindi nga lang nakaconnect sa internet pero ung laptop ng isang kasama ko dahil may wifi sa munisipyo, nakakasagap siya ng signal. Ako ang Report Officer pero sa akin itong work na ito ay magiging dalawang tao instead of a single person only. It means may taga-encode ako, siya iyong tinatawag na Report at ako naman iyong Officer. Pero dahil dito sa training na ito magiging isang tao na lang iyan dahil mayroon akong natutunan sa dito”. Training and extension has proven to be an avenue of continuous learning or education no matter of what age we had. (MDDacapias,ATI-RTC 1)4 e-Extension Agenda September 2010
  5. 5. AEWs DatabaseAEWs Database Now Online, Regional Training on Database Management UnderwayS TA. BARBARA , Pangasinan - The of technologies in Information and Communication our lives and Technology (ICT) provides a workplaces. The AEW Database aims to providebroad perspective on the nature of The ICT is a common venue to view thetechnology, how to use and apply not standa variety of technologies, and the alone, but AEW`s profile that would allow forimpact of ICT on self and society. rather to cross-agency participation and anThe Agricultural Extension Workers be infused electronic interface for creating,(AEWs) are encouraged to grapple within core updating, storing, monitoring andwith the complexities, as well as projects and referencing.the advantages and disadvantages, programs of the government. To be able to use also briefed about the e-Extension the computer programs Program of the Department, for data processing specifically on its e-Learning to speed-up work, a component. three-day Training on Meanwhile, the database is Computer-Based Data another program of the Department Management for Rice aimed to provide a common venue AEWs was conducted by to view AEWs profile and extension the Agricultural Training services that would allow for cross- Institute-Regional Training agency participation and an electronic Center I (ATI-RTC I) last interface for creating, updating, July 27 to 29, 2010. storing, monitoring and referencing. Aside from this, The activity highlighted the the participants were topics on “Briefing and Hands-on: Participants who completed the training on database management. Nutrient Manager for Rice” by Melinda F. Mangabat, Training Specialist III; “Understanding the Internet”, Cagayan AEWs Capacitated on “Briefing on the e-Extension Program Database Management and e-Learning Modules” and the “AEWs Database Registration andC ABAGAN, Isabela – To keep the agriculture and fishery information Evaluation” by Maricel D. Dacapias, pace with the advance of the e-Extension Program of the e-Extension Coordinator of the Center. technology on data Institute. This will fasttrack the tasks (MDDacapias ATI-RTC 1)management, the Agricultural Training of AEWs in preparing presentableInstitute-Regional Training Center reports and manage their own(ATI-RTC) in the region conducted a database. The training likewise aimedthree-day training on Computer-based to introduce e-Extension Program asData Management for Rice Agricultural a source of knowlege with the onlineExtension Workers (AEWs) for the courses offered for free that can beprovinces of Cagayan, Isabela, Nueva completed in any pace and at theirVizcaya, Quirino and Batanes. own place. With the aim of capacitating the Conducted on August 16 to 18,AEW-participants with knowledge and 2010 at ATI-RTC and the Isabelaskills on database management, inputs State University (ISU) in Cabagan,were given to them on basic computer Isabela, the first batch of training wasoperation, microsoft office programs attended by 21 report officers fromlike word, excel and powerpoint. The the different municipal and provincialparticipants were taught on registering local government units of the AEWs database administered (CMAlaska, ATI-RTC 2)by ATI, internet surfing especially on e-Extension Agenda September 2010 5
  6. 6. News12 New Members Join the Ranks.... ”many people are interested in the X, XII, and Caraga, including technicalFrom page 1 e-Extension Program and I hope that staff from ATI Central Office. this will electrify the entire country For the Phase I of the training, the particularly the agricultural sector.” He participants were required to fine tunefor new online courses never ceased. also added that he believes that many the content of their selected coursesBeing aware of these requests, the ATI will benefit from this program with its to be developed. Topics such asheld the Phase I of the Courseware nature of anatomy of an online course, writingDevelopment Training for Agriculture for e-media and the nature ofand Fisheries. an adult learner were ATI Director Asterio P. The Courseware Development Training on discussed by JoseSaliot shared the same Rey Alo, e-Learningobservation that more and e-Learning For Agriculture and Fisheries aims process adviser ofmore people recognize to produce new online courses that will be ATI. Courses thatthe e-Extension Program. offered through the e-Learning site. will be developed byHe noted in his message the participants includeduring the closing program that rubber production, piña fiber production, cultural management information sharing. in banana production, mushroom Participants and new production and tilapia fingerlings members of courseware production. Others are on human developers for e-Learning communication and human relations, were composed of grains postharvest technology for technical staff from the rice and corn, farm management and DA’s Philippine Center for economics of pig husbandry. Postharvest Development The training was held last July and Mechanization 26 to 30, 2010 at the Agriculture and (formerly Bureau of Fisheries Knowledge Center Computer Postharvest Research and Laboratory, ATI Central Office inFor the Phase I of the Courseware Development training, the Extension) and selected Diliman Quezon City. The phase II ofparticipants were required to write the content of their selected centers from the DA-ATI’s the training is tentatively scheduledtopics following the standards of an e-Learning course. network of training centers for August 30 to September 4, 2010. from regions IV-A, IV-B, VI, (BCNatividad) Going for Full Automation Regional Training Centers to Automate Own Management Information SystemR OXAS BOULEVARD, Manila -- to strengthen the With the Agricultural Training whole ATI management Institute-Central Office’s information system, about(ATI-CO) Personnel Management 32 personnel officersInformation System (PMIS) has been with their respectivelaunched, the focus now turns to its e-Extension Coordinatorsnetwork of training centers in the from the regions wereregions to be computerized. invited to participate in The ATI-CO, with its Knowledge the training. The trainingProducts Management Division and also intends to follow theAdministrative and Finance Division paper-less transaction forconducted the Training on the Use of its operations.Personnel Management Information Lectures on the ATI-RTC staff were capacitated on the use of Personnel Management Information System (PMIS) which will beSystem (PMIS) and the Local Area components of PMIS such as instituted to all ATI network of Training Centers.Network (LAN). This training is a follow- employees profile, payroll andup to the PMIS training for ATI Central DTR were discussed by Elito V. Circa of R. Baltazar of ATI-RTC 8.Office staff held last February 2010. the DA-Phillipine Center for Postharvest The training on PMIS and LAN was Aiming to capacitate the ATI and Extension (PhilMech). While the held at the Bayview Park Hotel, RoxasRegional Training Center (ATI-RTC) lecture on LAN maintenance and its Boulevard, Manila last July 21 to 23,staff on the use of these systems benefits was discussed by Dennis Boyd 2010.(BCNatividad) 6 e-Extension Agenda September 2010
  7. 7. NEWS Online Course on Organic Fertilizer for Snapshots Briefings and trainings Sustainable Agriculture Now AvailableW ith the ever increasing types of organic fertilizer. number of online courses, Module 1 deals with the guidelines e-Learning enthusiasts now in selecting organic materials forhave a wide variety of e-Learning composting, and the costs and returnscourses to enrol in. Recently, the when producing organic fertilizer.“Organic Fertilizer for Sustainable Module 2, on the other hand,Agriculture” an online course on discusses the natural farming The Phase II of the Courseware Developmentproducing organic fertilizer has been inputs, specifically the liquid organic Training on e-Learning for Agriculture andlaunched as part of the e-Learning for farm inputs, the raw materials and Fisheries was held in Insular Hotel, Davao CityAgriculture and Fisheries and can be procedures in preparing the inputs, last August 30 to September 4, 2010. It aimedaccessed for free. their uses and application rates, to develop new online courses on Agriculture The online course consists of three advantages and limitations, and their and Fisheries that will be offered through themodules that deal on the different production costs. e-Learning site for free. Module 3 tackles the application of organic fertilizer for growing tropical vegetables. This module explains the general principle and procedure in applying organic fertilizer in organic vegetable production. Interested e-Learners may access the course in the e-Learning site ( elearning).(BCNatividad) What are our e-Learners say From our shoutbox messages Thank you for the information you’ve given to us. Hence, I would like to ask permission to allow us to disseminate these information and your programs as I am making a proposal to the LCE to As part of its promotion on the e-Extension integrate your online courses as part of the LGU’s “learning and Program, ATI briefed the members of the Rural growth” program for our AT’s and Agri extensionists (HDP Workers) Improvement Club (RIC) and Home Economics thus, making it a policy to include it on their semestral performance Extension Association of the Philippines target. (HEEAP) on the e-Extension Program during - Ethel Gallawan, from e-learning forum the RIC-HEEAP National Congress held last August 23 to 26, 2010 at the La Salette University, Santiago City, Isabela. Promotional I’m new here and I’m very interested in learning about the courses and briefing materials were given to the here. members to further increase their knowledge - Jose Paulo Abitong on the Program. I’m really enjoying these courses you offered. Additional knowledge in the field of agriculture and fisheries. -Jonnie Asis I’m interested with sustainable agriculture hope I can learn more in addition to my past learnings of organic farming. tnx very much. -Myra Vargas e-Extension Agenda September 2010 7
  8. 8. Feature An e-Learners Quest for Knowledge M auro Rico or Mau to his family, architect and a careful thinker, moved his family to the United States in 1986, where he stayed and worked until 2006. He decided to retire early and go back to his home province, Albay, to pursue his dream of building a farm he and his family will truly enjoy. Even when he was still in the US, he encountered the Philippine e-Extension website while scrolling through various sites in his computer. He completed five online courses on the production of bamboo, seaweeds, citrus and goats -- one after another. He tried his hand in producing compost in his backyard. He talked about compost fungus activator and effective microorganisms almost like an Agricultural Technologist. He wants to go into vermicompost production in the near future too. His thirst for knowledge made him pursue leads that would bring him closer to his dream. He surfed the internet and sought ways to contact people who can guide him along. He corresponded with ATI’s e-Learning Process Adviser, Jose Rey Alo, and the e-Learning Coordinator in Bicol. He read about Arlene Dayo, Agricultural Technologist of Goa, Camarines Sur, ATI scholar and trainee – a tireless disciple and advocate of natural farming -- ATI’s favorite contact person on organic farming. Together with the ATI e-Learning Coordinator, Mau traveled almost three hours from his home in Legazpi City to Goa to meet Arlene and visit organic farms she helped set up. Personal setbacks did not stop him from his quest. Instead he chose to take things positively. Early this year, his elder brother met a fatal car accident in the US. He decided to transform the coconut land left by his brother into a multi-level, sustainable natural farm. Even the El Niño that was forecasted to last until May 2010 was not stopping him. He would be going back to the US for his daughter’s wedding this May, but he planned to work double-time when he gets back home in June, just in time for the exit of the dry months, to bring to fruition his dream farm. He recently visited ATI’s Regional Training Center in Bicol (ATI-RTC5), where he met the Center Director, Efren Sabularse. He is presently enlisting ATI’s help to find good sources of grafted seedlings of fruit-bearing trees, and probably some training courses in the future. The ATI-RTC5 salutes this very determined and enthusiastic e-Learner, farmer, and Filipino. With people like him, agriculture should evolve into an innovative, productive, and profitable venture. (PBImperial, ATI RTC 5) T hese are the list of e-Learning Courses currently offered through the e-Extension Program. Enroll now at Establishing Feed Resources for Your Goats Starting a Slaughter Goat Enterprise Citrus Growing: A Promising Enterprise From Seed to Seed: Online Course on Corn Production Managing Common Diseases in Banana Growing Durian the Better Way Abaca Production: Cultural Management Practices of Abaca Growing Bamboo for Profit and a Healthy Environment Production of High Value Crops in Greenhouse Savoring the Green Brew: Arabica Coffee Production Seaweed Farming Basic Agricultural Marketing Extension Yummy Yam: Online Course on Ubi Production Organic Fertilizer for Sustainable Agriculture Abaca Pest Management Integrated Pest Management for Banana Jackfruit Production8 e-Extension Agenda September 2010