Learning Site for Agriculture (LSA) Cooperators in Nueva Vizcaya organized themselves into an association with the support of the Agricultural Training Institute-Regional Training Center (ATI-RTC) 2. It was in collaboration with the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist and was hosted by Tam-An Agritech Tourism and Training Center in Busilac, Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya on August 5, 2022.
The creation of the organization intends to have easier access to information needed to produce, add value and market their commodities and develop effective linkage with partner agencies. As a way forward, the group is looking into registering their association under the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to legally engage in business and trade in the future.
In the newly formed organization, new set of officers were elected and took oath administered by ATI-RTC 2, represented by Dr. Claris M. Alaska, Assistant Center Director. After which, she congratulated and encouraged them to make use of their association to link and market their produce. The newly elected President Mr. Bernard A. Cariño presided their first meeting.
Meanwhile, prior to the organizational meeting, updates on the implementation of activities in Learning Sites for Agriculture under regular program was presented by Ms. Annaliza Claveron, Chief of Partnership and Accreditation Services Section. In a presentation, Ms. Claveron shared about the services that can be provided to LSAs such as financial and technical assistance. She also reminded the LSA Cooperators of their responsibilities such as maintaining a diversified and integrated farming system, providing lectures/orientation to on-site training participants, maintaining operation records, and submission of reports among others. Ms. Claveron then emphasized that LSAs must maintain their operation for five years.
The Office of the Provincial Agriculturist represented by Mr. Norbert B. Butac, Senior Agriculturist showed their support and commitment to continuously assist and provide technical assistance to LSA Cooperators in the province of Nueva Vizcaya.
Moreover, the creation of organization for LSAs will make an impact in the improvement of their operation, management, and services through a strengthened collaboration with partner agencies.