ATI, Ties Meet for Agency’s RCEF-RESP Mid-Year Evaluation
By Jessica M. Bacud
SAN MATEO, Isabela – The Agricultural Training Institute and its Regional Training Centers across the country gathered for the Mid-Year Review and Evaluation of the Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund – Service Program Rice Extension Project (RCEF-RESP) July 11-12 here.
Real. Imelda M. Guillermo, ATI-RTC 02 Center Manager, highlighted the importance of preparing the Digital Agriculture course for RCEF, which will be implemented by the ATI Central Office Agricultural School, Diliman, Quezon City.
On the first day of the program, the consolidated achievements of the agency were showcased apart from the training provided and other activities.
Center Directors and RCEF Focal Points shared their perceptions of the progress of the program over the last two years of the RCEF.
Mr. Jhimcelle Salvador, ATI-RTC 02 RCEF-RESP Focal Point, and Shaye C. Fontanilla, Information Officer II, were also present during the review.
The Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (RCEF) or Rice Fund aims to improve the competitiveness and incomes of rice farmers under the liberalization of the country’s rice trade policy, which lifted quantitative restrictions on rice imports and replaced them with tariffs, among other changes.
Rice productivity improvement under ATI’s rice extension services provided educational skills through the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) on production rice cultivation, modern rice cultivation techniques, seed production, agricultural mechanization and knowledge/technology transfer through agricultural schools.
The review and appraisal became a fruitful event as participants discussed actions and solution-based plans for the RCEF-RESP, the ATI said in a statement.