ATI –RTC 1 shines in the national Silver Jubilee celeb

The Agricultural Training Institute – Regional Training Center 1 (ATI-RTC-1) was cited to have the highest fund generated  from training/extension activities in the country. The center also ranked third  in the most number of  trainings conducted and third place in the  Most Number of  Outreached School on the Air (SOA) programs. These were awarded to the center during the Silver Jubilee celebration of ATI  held in January at the central office in Diliman, Quezon City.

With the theme “ATI @ 25: Gunitain at Pagtibayin Pa!”, the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) commemorates its 25 years of existence, as the extension and training arm of the Department of Agriculture.  Through the years, the institute has been the herald in building capabilities and empowering the stakeholders in agricultural extension.

Highlighted the celebration were activities that focused on developing and promoting spiritual, social, cultural and mental capabilities of ATI’s workforce. The celebration started with a thanksgiving mass followed by the launching of NMRICE App in Android.  This is a decision making tool on Nutrient Management for Rice developed by the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI). This tool was initially introduced on the web and on mobile phones using the Integrated Voice Response (IVR).

Part of the celebration was the recognition of the partners of the institute in building capabilities of the agricultural extension stakeholders and the retirees and loyalty awardees  in grateful appreciation to their dedicated service to  the institute and  its clients.

Each regional centers were also given the opportunity to show off their native dance and songs during the “Kapistahan sa ATI”, which highlighted the “Rehiyon-Rehiyon Kulturang Sayaw at Awit”.  Palarong Pinoy was conducted to refresh each one from the folk games they once enjoyed.

Other activities include: Seminar on Ethics and Accountability for ATI Administrative and Finance Staff; tree planting activity, as the institute’s response to Climate change mitigation; re-launching of ATI Tree of Life, and planting the ATI Silver Jubilee Tree dubbed as “Food of Life”.