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e-Extension Agenda 8th issue

  1. 1. Vol. III No. 8 January 2011 e-Learning for A&F Turns Story on page 3 3 What’s Inside Higher Rice Production a Text Message Away for Filipino Farmers --------------- 2 Agri Secretary Alcala Graces Joint SOA and e-Learning Graduation in Region 1 ----------------------- 4 DA Farmers’ Contact Center Gets Localized in Region 6 ------------------------ 6 Reconnecting Extension Workers thru the web: AEWs Database Launched------- 7 e-Extension Agenda January 201 1 1
  2. 2. NEWS Higher Rice Production a Text Message Away for Filipino FarmersR ice farmers in the Philippines can profitability. now get advice via a free text Dr. Roland Buresh, IRRI’s message service on their mobile nutrient management expert and leadphone on the optimal timing, amount, and developer of NMRiceMobile explainstype of fertilizer to apply to their rice crop that, “Throughout the world, awarenessto maximize production and profit, and is increasing that crop managementreduce waste. practices must be tailored to location- Nutrient Manager for Rice Mobile specific needs in order to produce(NMRiceMobile) is set to be launched by sufficient food at affordable prices forthe International Rice Research Institute consumers and with higher profitability(IRRI) and the Department of Agriculture for small-scale farmers”.(DA) through its Agricultural Training “The same holds true for applying NMRiceMobile puts into practice the principlesInstitute in Quezon City, Philippines on nutrients to cereal crops like rice. This is of site-specific nutrient management (SSNM)January 24, 2010. because optimal amounts and sources for rice that are already well established after Fertilizers are the second largest of nutrients to meet crop needs can vary more than a decade of research in Asia’s major rice-growing areas.cost for rice farmers after labor; and in even across short distances within orAsia where 90% of the world’s rice is Dr. Buresh. Moreover the DA wantedproduced and consumed, rice to make Nutrient Manager forreceives about one third Rice easily within the graspof all fertilizer used in the of Filipino farmers and theirregion. extension workers to help Fertilizers supply rice them supply rice plants with thecrops with essential nutrients to meet right amount of nutrients at the right time.crop needs for sustaining high yields among fields. If the application of nutrients “Many Filipino farmers don’t haveneeded for a growing food demand. as fertilizers is inadequate, it can result to ready access to a computer – but mostTheir improper use however, can lead to a loss in yield and profit,” he says. have access to a mobile phone, so itwasted nutrients that can pollute nearby “On the other hand, applications made sense for the DA to pursue mobilebodies of water and the atmosphere if beyond the crop’s needs not only reduce phones as a way to communicate withused excessively or reduced farming profit but can also increase risks to our farmers,” says Dr. Buresh. environment”. Farmers and extension workers can NMRiceMobile puts into practice now dial the toll-free number (2378 for the principles of site-specific nutrient Globe subscribers and *2378 for SMART management (SSNM) for rice that are subscribers) where they can already well established after more ►page 7 than a decade of research in Asia’s major rice-growing areas. The e-Extension Agenda This knowledge, which underpins Volume III Number 8 NMRiceMobile, is available in January 2011 an online decision-making tool Editor Pamela MG Mappala named Nutrient Manager for Rice, which is tailored to the rice- Writers Yovina-Claire R. Agsawa growing conditions of a country Benedict C. Natividad — in this case the Philippines. Contributors Maricel D. Dacapias, (ATI-RTC 1) It enables extension workers, Claris Alaska (ATI-RTC 2) crop advisors, and farmers to Jinah T. Obordo, (ATI-RTC 6) rapidly determine a fertilizer Merrian P. Soliva, (ATI-RTC 7) best management practice for Dennis Boyd Baltazar (ATI-RTC 8) a specific field or rice-growing Layout Artist Benedict C. Natividad area. “Nutrient Manager for Rice Editorial Consultants Antonieta J. Arceo was first made available on Jose Rey Y. Alo CDs in 2008 in the Philippines Advisers Asterio P. Saliot MNSA, CESO III using local languages, but its Evelyn Aro-Esquejo PhD, MNSA, CESO VI distribution reach into rice- Alberto B. Maningding MNSA, CESO IV growing areas was limited,” said 2 e-Extension Agenda January 201 1
  3. 3. NEWS e-Learning For Agriculture Caraga Region Tops 2010 e-Learning and Fisheries turns three GraduatesL W ast December 11, 2010 e-Learning Course on Corn Production, Growing marked another milestone, its third Durian the Better Way, and Establishing ith 242 graduates in 2010, year anniversary. The e-Learning Feed Resources for your Goats. During its Caraga region registered thefor Agriculture and Fisheries (A & F) is first semester there were only 35 registered most number of graduates in thea major component of the Department users, 26 enrolled in the online courses. e-Learning component of the e-Extensionof Agricultures e-Extension Program Through the concerted efforts of Program for Agriculture and Fisheries.coordinated by the Agricultural Training the e-Extension Team, the numbers of That’s about 84% graduation rate from itsInstitute in partnership with other online courses increased and continue 285 enrollees. Regions I and IVA tied withgovernment agencies, state universities to increase. As of November 30, 2010, 102 graduates followed by Region VI withand colleges and nongovernment there were already 17 online courses (15 86 graduates.organizations. rolling and 2 on test run); 6,979 registered Caraga used different approaches in The e-Learning courses are delivered users; and 2,965 enrollees of whom 1,756 promoting the Program. One approachonline and with a blended approach, graduated (see Table 1 for details). was to gather all their enrollees haveintegrating field activities and face-to-face Though e-Learning is becoming an orientation on e-Learning and basicinteraction between learner and expert. popular especially among AEWs, there are internet essentials, register and enroll in theLearners can also interact through the still obstacles to hurdle before this learning courses. Another approach was to haveonline discussion forums and access to modality could truly become an alternative an agreement with the Northern Mindanaoa wide array of free digital resources to to face-to-face training. Come 2011, the State Institute of Science and Technologyenhance their knowledge on the e-learning e-Team is expected to step up the ante: and Surigao del Sur State University andcourses and other relevant agricultural more online courses; more promotions/ require the agriculture students to take aninformation that will help them make better briefings; and more efforts in bringing online course of their choice.decisions for their farms. e-Learning closer to the clients. With this, Most of the graduates from Caraga The e-Learning for A & F started with the team hopes for the continued support have taken the course on Managingjust five online courses offered: Managing from ATIs Central Management in order to Common Diseases in Banana. Also,Common Diseases in Banana, Citrus achieve greater heights for e-Learning and couple of graduates took the onlineProduction, From Seed to Seed: Online e- Extension.(DBRBaltazar, ATI-RTC 8) course on Integrated Pest Management for Banana after they have taken the first course on banana. Currently the e-Extension Program for Agriculture and Fisheries offers 18 online courses on crops, livestock, marine and fisheries and social technology. Interested to enroll on the online courses can log on to All courses are offered for free.(BCNatividad)Table 1: e-Learning Courses, Enrollees and Graduates e-Extension Agenda January 201 1 3
  4. 4. FEATURES Agri Secretary Alcala Graces Joint SOA and e-Learning Graduation in Region 1D AGUPAN CITY, Pangasinan - San Nicolas (3rd). Special awards were Agriculture (BIG-OA) for vegetable. Time and again, radio has proven also given to the municipalities of Tayug The BIG-OA in Region 1 was to be an effective tool in technology and Manaoag for being innovative and implemented in partnership with Nationaldissemination, most especially for rural organized groups. Economic Development Authority (NEDA)farmers. This is best in having them as The event was also graced by Atty. through the Kennedy Round 2 (KR2) oraudience, since they don’t have to leave Cipriano Santiago, Regional Executive the Grant Assistance for underprivilegedtheir farms and households. Director of DA-RFU I, Dalisay Moya, farmers. The project aimed to reach out The introduction of the rice-vegetable Provincial Agriculturist of Pangasinan, to nutritionally and marginalized ruralfarming system through the School- Dagupan City Mayor Benjie Lim, families and brought about a programon-the-Air aimed to make the farmers Infanta Mayor Ruperto Martinez, House that would offer alternatives and extendedrealize the importance of integrated crop Representative Marlyn Agabas of the help to upgrade their social in improving the productivity 6th district of Pangasinan, House Some of the participants from Natividad,and the essence of group learning in Representative Leopoldo Bataoil of the Bugallon, Tayug, Bautista, Sison, Sanidentifying strengths and weaknesses in Carlos City, Mapandan, San Fabian,their current practices. & Sta. Barbara, This venture was Pangasinan wereimplemented by the the beneficiaries ofAgricultural Training the said project.Institute–Regional Training The SOA andCenter I (ATI-RTC I) in partnership with the e-Learning courses are distance-Department of Agriculture-Regional Field 2nd district of Pangasinan, and House learning programs under the e-ExtensionUnit I, Office of the Provincial Government Partylist Representatives Robert Raymund program of the DA through ATI usingof Pangasinan and other line agencies and Eskimo and Rosendo So of ABONO. radio broadcast, computer and Internetstakeholders in agriculture in the region. The SOA Program on Rice-Vegetable technologies to facilitate the sharing of Highlight of the SOA and e-Learning Farming System started last July 1, 2010 information and provide educationalgraduation was the presence of Agriculture at 5:00-5:45 in the morning every Tuesday opportunities in the rural communities.Secretary Proceso J. Alcala as the guest of and Thursday aired over DZRD “Sonshine The graduation was held lasthonor and speaker. In his speech, Alcala Radio”, Dagupan City - 981 KHz on the November 29, 2010 at the Peoples’said that “Ang inyo pong napag-alaman AM band. Astrodome, Dagupan City, Pangasinanna training na binigay po ng ATI ay huwag SOA Rice-Vegetable Farming System (MDDacapias, ATI-RTC 1)nating sasarilihin. Ito po ay binibigay na combined topics on rice and vegetablepaunang pagtuturo ay kailangan po na production. The topics included were themaibahagi natin sa mas maraming antas Palaycheck System on rice and thena kasama po natin sa DA sa buong BioIntensive Gardening-lalawigan ng Pangasinan. Huwag po nating Organicaariing atin lamang.” A total of 1,794 SOA and 45 e-Learninggraduates were presented by ATI-RTC ICenter Director Rogelio Evangelista andconfirmed by ATI Director Asterio Saliot.The SOA graduates came from the 33municipalities of Pangasinan while thee-Learning graduates came from the fourprovinces of Region 1, namely, Ilocos Norte,Ilocos Sur, La Union and Pangasinan. Another highlight of the graduationrite was the distribution of certificates tothe graduates, awards and citations to theoutstanding graduates. The top three achieverswere as follows: Ronnie Lacaden of UrdanetaCity (1), Angelito Saad of Binalonan (2) andFernando Pangasinan of Sison (3). The the topthree LGUs with the highest number of graduateswere San Carlos City (1st), Binalonan (2nd) and 4 e-Extension Agenda January 201 1
  5. 5. AT THE REGIONS 589 Farmers Graduate from SOA on Palayamanan in Region IIE CHAGUE, Isabela – Capacity Agriculture and Resources Research and the program on the same day at 5:30 to building through training, workshops Development (CVARRD) Consortium. 6:30 in the morning. In the Radyo ng Bayan and lectures has been the standard A total of 589 graduates from three (DWPE), it was aired every Saturday andmode of extension for farmers and fishers. provinces of Region II namely Isabela, Sunday at 6:00 to 7:00 in the morning.But for those who are in remote areas, Cagayan and Nueva Vizcaya. Isabela had Palayamanan combines rice withlittle or no extension activities have been 159 graduates with Cagayan and Nueva other high-value crops, livestock and fish.conducted for them. Such is the case for Vizcaya with 201 and 198 respectively. Rice is the major component of the systemthe farmers and fishers of Region 2 and so, While Santiago City had 30 graduates as it is the staple food of the Filipinos andthe School-on-the-Air (SOA) Program for and one graduate came from Pinukpok, is combined with other crops to increasePalayamanan was conducted. Kalinga. productivity and income. Adding fishponds, The SOA Program uses the radio as The SOA Program on Palayamanan poultry and livestock on their farms doesa medium to reach more clients, who are was launched last July 15, 2010 in seven not only increase income but also assureinterested to learn, use and practice new radio stations in the region. The program continuous food supply for the farm family.technologies that can help them increase particularly aimed to update knowledge and It is coined from the two words “palay” –their production. Innovations have been skills of farmer-enrollees on Palayamanan Filipino term for rice at any stage prior toadded to the program making it more using radio as a tool. husking; and “yaman” – a Filipino terminteractive. It is aired season-long thus it It was aired every Thursday and which means wealth. Adding the two wordsprovides a step-by-step guide for farmers at Friday at 5:00 to 6:00 in the morning at gives us the meaning that there is wealth inevery cropping stage. DWRA based at Isabela State University rice. This endeavor was implemented (ISU), Cabagan, Isabela, and DWRE at The graduation ceremony wasby the Department of Agriculture (DA) ISU Echague, Isabela and community held last November 16, 2010 at thethrough the Agricultural Training Institute- radio stations at Lallo, Gonzaga and Sta. ISU Amphitheater, Echague, Isabela.Regional Training Center (ATI-RTC) II Teresita. On the other hand, FM station at (BCNatividad with reports from Clarisand in partnership with Cagayan Valley Nueva Vizcaya State University also aired Alaska, ATI-RTC II) 469 Capiz Farmers graduate from SOA PalaycheckA bout 469 farmers took center Tupaz of Maayon with a final grade of Coordinator Amefil Sagge and SOA stage when they received 98.67% while second placers were Delia Anchor Teodoro Buenvenida facilitated their School on the Air (SOA) Asturias of Pilar and Angelita Omayao the 16-week long radio program. SOAcertificates during the graduation of Sapian who each had a final grade of Palaycheck Municipal Coordinatorsprogram held at the CAP Auditorium in 96%. Judged to have the best notebook Girly Fuentes, Roxas City; Nida Arro,Roxas City. was Angelita Omayao of Sapian followed Panay; Esen Alba, Pontevedra; Nona The farmers completed the Season- by Delia Baes of Panay and Aderiano Ardeña, Panit-an; Evie Dizon, Maayon;Long course on Palaycheck System that Bacarro of Ivisan. Joseph Beltran, Pres. Roxas; Alonawas aired every Sunday 12:00 – 1:00 The graduation was graced by C. Latigay, Pilar; Fatima Ocampo,P.M. at DYVR-650 khz, Roxas City Capiz Gov. Victor A. Tanco, ATI National Ivisan; Merlinda Domingo, Sapian;from June 20 to October 17, 2010. The SOA Program Coordinator Theresa Lydia Laña, Mambusao; Ernestoenrollees completed the quizzes, a final Aurora Cosico, ATI-RTC 6 Center Gicalde, Jr., Sigma;Roger Escleto, Dao;examination and the minimum grade Director Allan Alimodian, and Capiz Jorge M. Daduya, Cuartero; Felisa S.requirement to qualify for a certificate. Sangguniang Panlalawigan Members. Ardiente, Dumarao; Bernie Protacio, Certificates of Excellence for The SOA-Palaycheck was a Dumalag; Nida Gavino, Tapaz; andoutstanding performance in the collaboration of ATI-RTC 6 with the Carlos Vipinosa, Jamindan gave utmostexaminations were given to 16 Capiz OPA headed by Sylvia dela cooperation and support. (JT Obordo,graduates who got a final rating of 90% Cruz. ATI SOA Project Officer Jinah ATI-RTC 6)and above. Class Topnotcher was Nida Obordo together with Provincial Rice e-Extension Agenda January 201 1 5
  6. 6. NEWS 4H Club Aurora e-Village Project Coordinators inRegion 1 Acquainted Gears Up For Phase II to Basic Computer A URORA -- After the successful system for agricultural productivity and implementation of the first competitiveness. and Internet phase of the Aurora e-Village Project for the central towns of Aurora A total of four cooperatives and 11 barangays were selected from the fourB ATAC CITY, Ilocos Norte - Province, the project now moves on towns as the target beneficiaries and Information, communications and for its second phase which includes project sites as the result of the site technology (ICT) nowadays keep the northern and southern towns of the assessment and validation conductedchanging constantly and rapidly. The province. based on pre-determined criteria.changes happen so fast which make For the Phase II, the project will Series of livelihood trainingit more difficult to keep up with them. be implemented in the four programs and basic ICTICT deals with digital data and the ways remaining towns of literacy trainingof sorting, retrieving, transmitting and Aurora namely courses will bereceiving them. More importantly, ICT deals Dinalungan, conducted bywith the ways these concepts work when Casiguran, the Agriculturalput together. Dilasag and Training Since ICT has a significant impact Dingalan. Also, Institute (ATI)to everyone, all must be prepared to expansion sites for the identifiedunderstand, use and apply ICT in an in Central Aurora and project beneficiarieseffective, efficient and ethical way. Aurora Provincial Sub-capitol will as well as the administration In view of this, the training on Basic be given connectivity and appropriate of e-learning courses on various cropsComputer-Internet Literacy for the 4H ICT wares. and livestock. An ICT roadshow will beClub coordinators in Region 1 was held The Aurora e-Village Project held in December 2010 to increase thelast October 13 to 15, 2010 at MMSU aims to integrate the Information awareness and knowledge about theComputer Laboratory, Batac, Ilocos Norte. Communication Technology (ICT) project and to formally commence theIt was participated in by 18 provincial as part of a rural community’s life project for its Phase II.and municipal 4H club coordinators in to improve access to information, The project is being implementedthe region, aiming to acquire knowledge enhance productivity, increase family by the Department of Agricultureand skills on basic computer and internet income thereby improving the quality through ATI and Philippine Riceoperation for them to use ICT in processing of life in the community. It also aims Research Institute together withtheir reports, apply variety of information, to provide a collective strategy in the Development Academy of theand inquire, research and access important the adoption, dissemination, and Philippines and the Provincialdata in the world wide web. (MDDacapias, commercialization of technology- Government of Aurora. (BCNatividad)ATI-RTC 1) based, market-driven production DA Farmers’ Contact Center Gets Localized in Region 6I LOILO CITY – A year after its grand in the region, the DA-Regional Field Unit to 7, 2010 at the Iloilo Grand Hotel, Iloilo launch, the Department of Agriculture’s VI (DA RFU-VI) joined forces with the City. (DA) Famers’ Contact Center is now Agricultural Training Institute (DA-ATI). In The workshop took off with anbeing brought closer to the local farmers view of this, overview of theand fisher folk in Region VI. a workshop e-Extension Program The Farmers Contact Center is on content for Agriculture andthe DAs support center to deliver farm build-up and Fisheries with focusand business advisory services to its planning for on the e-Farmingclientele through the latest modes of the setting up component by Ms.communication familiar to the public such of the local Antonieta Arceo, Chiefas text, call, email, online forum/discussion Farmers of the Knowledgeand instant messaging. This is one of the Contact Products ManagementDAs extension delivery services being Center in Division of DA-administered by the DA-Agricultural the region ATI. As one of theTraining Institute. was held last ►page 8 To localize the services of the Center December 6 6 e-Extension Agenda January 201 1
  7. 7. NEWSReconnecting Extension Workers thru the web AEWs Database LaunchedA iming to get a general picture of colleges, non-government organizations Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) as the agricultural extension force and people’s organizations. the top three regions with most registered in the country, the Department of The AEWs database likewise aims users. Partial results shows that RegionAgriculture (DA) through the Agricultural to provide a common venue to view the X has the most registered users with 114Training Institute (ATI) initiated the profiling profile of the extension force that would registered users while Regions I andof the agricultural extension workers allow for cross-agency participation CAR with 113 and 79 respectively. The(AEWs) through a web-based database. and an electronic interface for creating, registration of AEWs, which started last This is in accordance with the goal updating, storing, monitoring and May 2010, can be accessed throughof Republic Act 8435 or the Agriculture referencing. Special features of the Fisheries Modernization Act of 1997, database include log-on authenticationwhere it aims to modernize the agriculture and password as well as fileand fisheries sectors with the use of the maintenance and securitylatest information technology. requirements. With the DA believing that it To speed up the generationis essential for AEWs to have a of data, series of briefings on thecomputerized database on the extension AEWs in the regions have beenforce, this intends to cover all agricultural conducted with the initiatives ofand fisheries extension personnel of the ATI Regional Training Centerslocal government units, the Department (ATI-RTC) through theirand its attached agencies, bureaus as e-Extension coordinators.well as other departments. The database To date, there are alreadyshall also be expanded to cover extension 1,609 registered users for thepersonnel of state universities and database with Regions I, X and Higher Rice Production.... Rice AEWs Trained in Database From Page 2 hear a voice instruction in their preferred Management in MIMAROPA local language of Tagalog, Cebuano,B Iluko or English, which will prompt them arcenaga, Naujan – Agricultural Resource speakers shared their to use their keypad to answer about Training Institute-Regional Training knowledge and expertise on MS 12 to 15 questions about their rice Center IV-B held another training- Office application with basic computer crop. After answering all the questions,workshop entitled “Computer-Based Data troubleshooting. ATI e-Extension the farmer receives a tailored fertilizerManagement for Rice AEWs”. coordinators Graciel Gacutan and Darwin recommendation via a text message. The training was divided into two Sarabia discussed the MS Word, MS Says farmer Mamerto Jimenezbatches. The first batch which was Powerpoint and the Institute’s e-Extension from Isabela, “It’s so fast and easy tocomposed of 23 active participants from Program for Agriculture and Fisheries. understand”. Romeo Pangan fromMarinduque, Romblon, Occidental and MinSCAT instructor Gerry Laylo discussed Isabela also cites he does not have toOriental Mindoro was held last November the MS Excel and basic troubleshooting for guess the amount of fertilizer needed8 to 10, 2010. While, the second batch computers. anymore.was composed of 11 participants from The training workshop focused The use of a toll-free number from aOriental and Occidental Mindoro provinces mainly on hands-on application wherein mobile phone greatly increases accesswas scheduled on November 16 to 18, all participants were given activities after to NMRice because most farmers do not2010. each lecture for them to fully grasp the own computers, let alone have access to information they just learned. Other the Internet. The development of internet inputs were Nutrient Management, versions of the Nutrient Manager for Rice facilitated by Mel Manalo and inputting of is also underway in Bangladesh, China, information on the AEW Database. India, Indonesia, Vietnam, and Africa. For the participants, the training was The DA together with the Swiss timely for they learned a lot on computer Agency for Development and operations and functions, the training Cooperation (SDC), the International management team was approachable Plant Nutrition Institute (IPNI), the and accommodating and the resource International Fertilizer Association (IFA), persons are young but knowledgeable the International Potash Institute (IPI) on their respective fields, they added. have supported the development of the (ATI-RTC 4B) NMRiceMobile. (Released by IRRI) e-Extension Agenda January 201 1 7
  8. 8. discussions on the regional implementation NEWS DA Farmers’ Contact Center.... From page 6 of the Farmers Contact Center particularly on the requirements and resources What are our e-Learners saydelivery components of the e-Extension needed, their own referral system andservices of the DA, Ms. Arceo talked operational guidelines specifically forabout the program’s objectives, benefits, Region VI.partnerships, framework, and most With the selected technical staff From our shoutbox messages andespecially the milestones since the of the DA-RFU VI who participated in emails was launched in 2007. After the workshop, the group drafted some ph/elearningwhich, Yovina-Claire Agsawa presented the anticipated Frequently Asked Questions “Thank you very much! I must sayFarmers Contact Centers referral system (FAQs) that might come from their farmer- you guys did a great job on theand the status of the queries received clientele. first course on Goat Raising. It wasthrough this facility since it was launched in Series of activities and trainings really a great help. I can’t wait2009. to be conducted prior to the actual to take the other courses. More Engr. Remelyn Recoter, DA-RFU-VI’s implementation in the region are already power to you guys!”Regional Technical Director for Operations, lined up and tentatively scheduled until - Nilo Tronco, Metro ManilaLGU Support and Extension, led the January 2011. (YCRAgsawa) “Thanks to all the course developers and others concerned. We have acquired a lot of insights that may become a good project for my studies. I just finished the course on Basic Agricultural Marketing Extension. It’s very refreshing and I really enjoyed the test.” - Rowena Odono, Batangas “Hi ATI! Natapos ko na po un Seaweed Farming. Thank you very much po. Great help po kayo sa mga students na kagaya ko na gustong madagdagan ang knowledge.” -Mellanie Joy Magtibay, Batangas “Hello there! I’m glad I became Yummy Yam turns one a member here at the e-Learning site. This is very important especially that we have a FITS with 89 graduates Center. -Jeoffrey Gervacio, AklanIt was on November 15, 2009 when that you need. It has its own activities, “The courses that I haveOnline Course on Yummy Yam: Ubi exercises, and tests (scored and completed so far are veryProduction was announced to be unscored). For e-Learners from informative and practical. Theavailable at the e-learning site after a Bohol, a special farm visit to Cedar photos are clear too.”year of careful preparation. Farms can be arranged as part of a -Miguel Pedroso, Western Samar This course is developed by module activity.the Agricultural Training Institute- As of November 30, 2010, there “Salamat sa bumubuo ngRegional Training Center-VII based are 147 enrolees across the nation e-Extension Program. Malakingin Bohol which is ideal for beginners, with 89 who successfully completed tulong talaga ito sa akin lalo na sano previous or special education is and passed. By next year, the mga gustong matuto sa larangan ngrequired. graduates is expected to increase. agrikultura.” The course covers the major Meanwhile, there are already -Virgilio Paler, Jr., Agusan Del Surmanagement practices in ubi 18 online courses being offered withproduction. It is broadly divided into 6,979 registered users and 2,965two modules. Each module is further enrollees of whom 1,756 graduatedsubdivided into lessons dealing with since it was launched three yearsthe specific learnings and practices ago. (MPSoliva, ATI-RTC 7) 8 e-Extension Agenda January 201 1