Soon To Rise: ATI Training Center in Nueva Ecija




Dir.Asterio P. Saliot, Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) National Director, and ATI-Regional Training Center III (RTC III) officials cited the benefits of the soon-to-rise ATI-RTC III Training Center at Brgy. Singalat,Palayan City, Nueva Ecijaduring the groundbreaking ceremony on April 25, 2016. In his message, Saliot stressed the importance of giving quality training facility and services to farmers, fisherfolk, rural-based organizations and youth among others. “Dapat may facility para magsanay kung saankomportablesila, hindilangsila, kundi pati ang mga magtuturo sa kanila, whether mula pa ito sa private extension service provider, local government units, government agencies, dapat pantay-pantay ang klase ng serbisyong makukuha mula sa mga facilities na ito, dapat may mataas na standard,” he added. The facility will serve as the training center that will cater the needs of the ATI clients from the provinces in the northeastern part of the region. Ms. Veronica Concepcion V. Esguerra, ATI-RTC III Center Director, emphasized the bigger responsibility of its staff in giving quality service to its clients. “Like what Dir. Saliot shared to us, ‘you cannot give what you do not have’, kaya kasabay ng pagsasaayos ng aming facility, kasabay din po ang pag-angat ng kapasidad ng aming mga staff,” Esguerra said. Saliot also shared the standard of what each training center must have.“Let’s give service na dapat mataas ang kalidad, tama na ang pwede na at basta na lang. Nasa gobyerno tayo, obligasyon natin na magbigay ng magandang serbisyo lalo na sa ating mga magsasaka,” he said. “What we will must build, and sustain is building the capabilities of the people. Yung mga hindi makapag-train, i-train natin, yung mga hindi makapag-aral, pag-aralin natin. That’s the most important resource that our country can have, its people, so we build the capabilities and expertise of its people,” Saliot added. The said training facility has a total budget of around 5.9 M and the construction is expected to be completed in September this year. Components of the said project include: convertion of old building into a dormitory; building a training hall that can accommodate 50-60 people; and an office that could cater 25-30 staff. Additional budget for the development of the training facility in Bataan and Palayan is expected by 2017. (APBermudez)