"REGION 1 PAGBABAGO TUNGO SA MATUWID NA DAAN" Challenges Region I's Extension Workers

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Left  to right photo: Dr. Eliseo Ponce during his lecture and Dr. Eliseo Ponce with the participants from NNC, ATI-RTC, NTA, AGTALON (NGO), and ISPC.



The University Training Center  of Mariano Marcos State University hosted a 4-days workshop on Extension Program held at (the invitation came from ATI and it was only held in Batac City)  last March 8 to 11, 2011 with a theme of "Building a More Responsive and Dynamic Agriculture & Fisheries Extension in Ilocos Region 2011 and Beyond". This activity aims to enhance the skills of the extension workers by teaching people to improve the quality of their rural lives through their livelihood of farming and fishing and through their project proposals in agriculture and fisheries to address problems in poverty and malnutrition. The workshop was attended by heads and representatives of different Government Agencies, State Universities/Colleges, and Non-Government Agencies in the region.


Dr. Eliseo Ponce, a former Director of Bureau of Agricultural (BAR), a retired professor of Leyte State University (LSU) and a well traveled consultant   served as the guest speaker and lecturer during the 4 days live-in workshop, as part of his continued support and passion to the cause of extension programs in the country.
The workshop was divided into 5 segments namely:  

a) The Philippine's Agriculture Performance

b) The Value Chain Players and Processes

c) Public-Private Extension in the Region Along the Value Chain

d) Organizing Results in the Region and

e)The Catalytic Role of the New Extension Program.  

However, prior to the workshop, Dr. Ponce elicited the personal viewpoints of the participants on the aforesaid concerns so they can formulate a better proposal that will be worked out to improve the current status of Agriculture and Fisheries in the Region.

Dr. Ponce stressed on the following key questions namely:  

a) How to Make Foods in the Philippines less Expensive than What We Have Now?"

b) "How Can We Improve Agriculture and Fisheries Productivity?";

c) How to Regulate the Rice-Centric Policy to give way for other Staples like White corn and Root crops and

d) How Do We Provide More Income for the Farmers and Fisher Folks to help the participants in the formulation of project proposals for the extension programs. This workshop is to improve the old ways in the Extension program to success.

Above photos: Examples of group output presentation during the workshop- rating the impact of the implementation of Government Programs nationwide and province wide.

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