Official Publication of the Philippine Information Agency Bicol Regional Office, in cooperation with the RIAC-REDIRAS - RDC Bicol

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

DA-PAMANA establishes the first state-of-the-art Farmer’s Training Center in Sorsogon

SORSOGON CITY, November 3, 2015 (PIA) – The Department of Agriculture and the Payapa at Masaganag Pamayanan (DA-PAMANA) has established the Farmers Technology and Manpower Development Center (FTMDC) at the Provincial Agriculture Office (PAO) compound here to provide venue in enhancing the capability and enrich the skills of the local farmers.

The FTMD Center was made realized through the partnerships of the DA, PAMANA and the Provincial Government of Sorsogon, through the PAO.

The former single storey training/conference facility of PAO was converted and improved into a state-of the-art modern facility which is now dedicated to the Sorsogon farmers

The new building was inaugurated on October 22, 2015.

It has a more spacious training/function hall at the ground floor, an excellent set of digital audio-visual and sound system, and other training facilities.

The second floor will have an office space and a two-bedroom dormitory for male and female with separate comfort room each. Both floors will have a lobby with sofa, fixtures and furniture.

The modern facility will serve as the center for capability-building, training, and seminars for those in the agriculture and fishery sector and will be overseen by the OPAg’s Provincial Training Officer or a “Center Director”. It can accommodate a maximum of 50 to 75 persons.

“We feel we are very lucky to have this FTMD Center here in Sorsogon, because we would now have a better venue to facilitate the delivery of our plan to level up the transfer of technology and skills to our clients in the agriculture and fisheries and to our agricultural extension workers (AEWs),” said Dr. Theresa Destura, PAO chief.

“Our farmers play a vital role in protecting our country’s health, families, environment and the land. It is imperative that our farmers be equipped with the capabilities in order to cope with the fast changing times,” Destura added.

In the inaugural message of DA Sec. Proceso J. Alcala that was read by DA Bicol regional director Abelardo R. Bragas, he admitted that despite the painstaking efforts of our farmers, majority of them remain to be poor. The DA targets to address this issue of poverty and he believes that the establishment of the FTMDC is one of the many ways of responding to the plight of Sorsogon farmers whom he called as the pillars of the country’s economy.

In Sorsogon there are 58,731 farmers who may be benefited by the programs and projects of the DA and of PAMANA.

PAMANA area manager Mr. Paul E. Escober of the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP), meanwhile, congratulated the province of Sorsogon for having realized the FTMD Center and for its continuous support to the PAMANA projects being implemented not only by DA but also by other national government agencies like the DILG, DENR and DAR.

He continued to challenge the local leaders to remain steadfast in employing good governance encouraging people’s participation especially in the barangays and applying transparency in implementing the PAMANA projects.

 He said the positive feedback of the beneficiaries of the PAMANA projects is an indicator that PAMANA will continue to support the community’s need for basic services and promote peace and order. “The feedback and the milestone of the PAMANA projects has achieve its objectives, the challenge now is how the present and the future officials of our community would sustain the projects implemented in Sorsogon,” Mr. Escober further said. (MAL/BAR-PIA5/Sorsogon)

- See more at: http://news.pia.gov.ph/article/view/801446520016/da-pamana-establishes-the-first-state-of-the-art-farmer-s-training-center-in-sorsogon#sthash.OXcJgV0Q.dpuf

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