PRESS RELEASE June 18, 2017

PRESS RELEASE June 18, 2017
From: Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA)
Ref: Public Information Unit (PIU)
Tel. No. 8323781
ATI-TESDA FARM SCHOOLS ITINATAG SA MIMAROPA

Bilang tulong sa mga kababayan nating nagnanais na madagdagan ang kaalaman sa pagsasaka at pangingisda ay nagkapit-bisig ang Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) at ang Department of Agriculture (DA) upang maitatag ang Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) Farm School sa MiMaRoPa Region.

Inatasan din ni TESDA Director General, Secretary Guiling “Gene” Mamondiong ang lahat ng regional at provincial director na pasiglahin ang farm school sa kanilang mga nasasakupang lugar upang mas marami pa ang magkaroon ng interes dito.

Bukod dito, isinagawa din ang ground breaking ceremony ng ATI Dormitory at ang ribbon cutting ng ATI-Center for Agriculture and Fishery Extension (CAFÉ) Hall sa ATI MiMaRoPa Coumpound, Barcenaga, Naujan, Oriental Mindoro.

Kabilang sa mga dumalo at nagbigay ng mensahe sa ginanap na pagdiriwang sina Senator Cynthia Villar, Governor Alfonso Umali, Jr., Naujan, Oriental Mindoro Mayor Atty. Mark Marcos at iba pang mga opisyal ng ATI at TESDA.

Ayon kay Villar, isa sa mga usapin ngayon ang food security kaya’t nakikipagtulungan ngayon ang senadora sa TESDA at iba pang government agencies upang magkaroon ng kaalaman ang mga magsasaka sa pamamagitan ng pagkakaroon ng mga training institutions sa bansa.

“Our farmers are not workers, they are entrepreneurs. Through farm schools, we train our farmers not only how to produce more using different techniques but also how to manage their farms’ affairs more effectively. They will need to learn how to grow more rice at lower cost”, sabi pa ni Villar.

Kasabay nito, ipinakilala rin ang unang batch ng agriculture graduates na nagmula sa Gelacio I Yason Foundation, kinilala rin ang mga outstanding farm school sa naturang rehiyon at nagbigay ng scholarship sa mapapalad na residente.

Nagsagawa din ng signing ng RFT (Request For Tender) para sa scholarship program ng iba’t-ibang agri-fishery courses sa 14 na farm school sa rehiyon habang nabigyan naman ng CTPR (Certificate of TVET Program Registration) ang 12 farm school sa MiMaRoPa.

Nagkaroon rin ng Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) sa mga State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) sa naturang lugar na nagbibigay ng agri-fishery courses at mga assessment centers at ang pinakahuli ay ang inagurasyon ng research lab.

Ayon naman kay Mamondiong, layunin ng programang ito na madagdagan ang kaalaman ng mga kababayan nating magsasaka at mangingisda kung paano mapalalaki ang kanilang kita at sumapat sa pantustos sa kanilang pamilya.

“The concept of the farm schools is based on the Farm Field Schools (FFS) developed by the UN Food Agriculture Organization (FAO) to help farmers become competitive and seize advantage of the opportunities in the market by operation their farms efficiently and profitably”, sabi pa ng kalihim. ###

PRESS RELEASE June 18, 2017
From: Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA)
Ref: Public Information Unit (PIU)
Tel. No. 8323781
MIMAROPA ESTABLISHES ATI-TESDA FARM SCHOOLS

In an effort to increase the people’s knowledge on fishing and farming, the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) and the Department of Agriculture (DA) have joint forces to establish the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) Farm School in the MiMaRoPa Region.

TESDA Director General Secretary Guiling “Gene” Mamondiong has ordered all regional and provincial directors to promote the farm school in their respective areas so that the number of enrollees would also increase.

Aside from this, a ground-breaking ceremony of the ATI Dormitory and ribbon-cutting of the ATI-Center for Agriculture and Fishery Extension (CAFÉ) Hall were held at the ATI MiMaRoPa Compound, Barcenaga, Naujan in Oriental Mindoro.

Among those who attended the event were Senator Cynthia Villar, Governor Alfonso Umali Jr., Naujan, Oriental Mindoro Mayor Atty. Mark Marcos, and other ATI and TESDA officials.

Senator Villar said that food security is one of the major issues which needed to be addressed. That is why she made efforts to work with TESDA and other government agencies in promoting training institutions for farmers and fishers.

“Our farmers are not workers, they are entrepreneurs. Through farm schools, we train our farmers not only how to produce more using different techniques but also how to manage their farms’ affairs more effectively. They will need to learn how to grow more rice at lower cost,” said Villar.

TESDA also presented the first batch of agriculture graduates from Gelacio I Yason Foundation, recognized outstanding farm schools in the region and gave scholarships to residents.

Several groups also signed the Request For Tender (RFT) for the scholarship program of various agri-fishery courses in 14 farm schools in region so that they receive Certificate of TVET Program Registration (CTPR) in MiMaRoPa.

A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) among State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) in the same region that provides agri-fishery courses and assessment centers was also signed. A research laboratory was inaugurated in the region.

Mamondiong said that the program aims to increase the people’s awareness on fishing and farming and eventually earn them more profits.

“The concept of the farm schools is based on the Farm Field Schools (FFS) developed by the UN Food Agriculture Organization (FAO) to help farmers become competitive and seize advantage of the opportunities in the market by operation their farms efficiently and profitably,” Mamondiong added. ###

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