ATI-RTC 8 Celebrates 37th Anniversary with "Legacy and Laurels"

Mon, 02/12/2024 - 10:34


This year's awardee with ATI 8 Center Director


BAYBAY CITY, Leyte - The Agricultural Training Institute - Regional Training Center 8 (ATI-RTC 8) recently marked its 37th anniversary with a memorable event, "Legacy and Laurels" held on February 7, 2024. This significant occasion celebrated the outstanding contributions of partners who have played pivotal roles in providing extension services throughout the region in 2023.

Among the highlights of the activity was the recognition of exemplary individuals and organizations:

Ms. Berlin Espenido of Saint Bernard, Southern Leyte, was honored as the Best Agricultural Extension worker for Rice in Region 8, acknowledging her dedication and expertise in agricultural practices especially in rice production.

Mr. Joper C. Conarco of Gandara, Samar, received the award for the Best Agricultural Extension worker under the National Urban Peri-urban Agriculture Program, recognizing his significant contributions to urban agriculture initiatives.

The Local Government Unit of Saint Bernard, represented by Ms. Erma Capilitan, Municipal Agriculturist, was named the Best LGU Partner for its steadfast support and collaboration in advancing agricultural development.

Greenhand Integrated Farm was recognized as the Best Learning Site for Agriculture Partner for 2023, with farm owners, Mr. and Mrs. Nilo Cabantac, accepting the award.

In addition to celebrating the achievements of partners, the event also served as an opportunity to honor the dedicated service of Ms. Ermalinda Cayago, ATI-RTC 8's Media Production Specialist, who will be retiring in March 2024 after 33 years of government service. Dr. Vilma M. Patindol, former ATI-RTC 8 Center Director, graced the occasion and shared words of appreciation and encouragement for Ms. Cayago as she embarks on her new journey.

The "Legacy and Laurels" event not only commemorated ATI-RTC 8's milestone anniversary but also underscored the importance of collaboration and dedication in advancing agricultural development in the region. The event was also streamed live via ATI in Eastern Visayas’ Facebook page and was flooded by greetings and well wishes from clients and partners alike.