The Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) is a living example of tenacity, expansion, and a steadfast dedication to the agricultural industry as it triumphantly reached its 37th  anniversary. Over the course of these remarkable years, the organization has transformed from its humble origins to a beacon of outstanding performance, achieving innovative milestones and having a tremendous impact on the farming sector.

The ATI has grown progressively and responded to the changing demands of the agricultural sector. This notable journey serves as a testament to the advancements in technological convergence, environmental practices, and studies on agriculture. The institution has made a substantial contribution to raising agricultural output and safeguarding adequate food supply through its work in fusing conventional methods of farming with cutting-edge technologies through trainings and other agri-fishery extension activities.

At the regional level, the DA-ATI CALABARZON commemorated ATI's founding anniversary by holding a number of activities in the Center's compound last January 29 to 30, 2024, under the supervision of Training Cener Superintendent II, Dr. Rolando V. Maningas, PhD.

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As part of the celebration, KADIWA Retail Selling was opened for the public, ensuring that food commodities are made available and accessible in high consumer demand areas such as Trece Martires City. The products on display were from Pacheco Agrarian Reform Cooperative, Magallanes-Samahang Magsasaka ng Kay-Apas and Medina Agriculture Cooperative, Café Amadeo Development Cooperative, and General Trias Dairy Raisers MPC.

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Meanwhile, an opening program was held, and part of it was the turn-over of the Digital Farmers Program (DFP) package of technology for Brgy. Association of Farmers from Ticalan San Juan, Batangas. In conjunction with this, the following organizations have had their certifications renewed: Private Agriculture and Fisheries Extension Service Provider (PAF-ESP) MoCa Family Farm RLearning Center, Inc. (Padre Garcia, Batangas); and Learning Sites for Agriculture (LSA) I such as Javier Integrated Farm (Calauan, Laguna), Taal Maranan's Farmville, Inc. (Taal, Batangas), and Yumi's Farm (Tayabas City, Quezon).

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In addition, the ceremony also acknowledged the contributions made by employees, partner agencies, and DA-ATI CALABARZON’s units and sections in implementing extension services throughout the region. The Seminar on Urban Agriculture through Soilless Crop Production capped off the first day of celebration.


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On the second day, all the Center's employees took part in a quiz bee organized by the Career Development and Management Section (CDMS).  "Kwela at Katalinuhan: Tagisan ng ATIng Kaalaman," is an effort to strengthen camaraderie and foster a perceptive understanding of the institution. The staff were divided into four (4) groups, and the questions were comprised of information about the historical background and service offerings of ATI.

As the Institute achieved this milestone, the Center looks back on the accomplishments, gives appreciation to the stakeholders and looks forward with continuity of purpose to inspire, teach and explore. Dr. Maningas together with the men and women of DA-ATI CALABARZON firmly march towards the future, bearing the flame of agricultural excellence that has been blazing brilliantly for more than three amazing decades.