25 Youth Leaders to Serve as Trainers for Binhi ng Pag-asa Program

Mon, 05/27/2024 - 09:01

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NAGCARLAN, Laguna – Some 25 youth leaders from the National Capital Region, Laguna, and Oriental Mindoro have completed the recent National Training of Trainers for Binhi ng Pag-asa Program (BPP). 

The three-day training is part of the collaborative efforts under the BPP implemented by the Department of Agriculture (DA) through the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) and the Office of Senator Grace Poe (OSGP). The program is designed to be a transformative power of youth engagement in agriculture, where the participants would be provided with the necessary knowledge, skills, and resources to effectively serve as resource persons in provincial and municipal training as they return to their communities. 

In her message of support, ATI Director Remelyn R. Recoter expressed that the training represents “not just a convergence of minds, but a collective commitment towards shaping a brighter future for our communities and our nation”. 

Together with Recoter, Center Director Rolando V. Maningas of ATI Regional Training Center in Calabarzon and the OSGP Senior Political Staff, Armani Miguel G. Narca, graced the activity. 

The participants delved into modules tackling Agriculture 101, rice production, and public speaking. They also engaged in dynamic team-building activities, fostering collaboration and strengthening bonds among participants. 

Through insightful discussions and interactive sessions, the participants comprehensively understood the myriad challenges facing agricultural communities across their regions. Likewise, they immersed themselves in the Situation, Problem, Implication, and Needs Workshop to hone their strategic thinking skills and to advocate for policy reform in the agricultural sector. Recognizing the transformative potential of digital platforms, the participants learned how to harness social media to promote their locally-made products. 

Held in one of ATI’s accredited learning sites in Laguna, the Gintong Bukid Farm and Leisure, the participants toured the farm facilities and experienced vegetable harvesting. Hence, during the closing ceremony, the participants were provided with Agri Kits, containing seeds, seedling tray, sprinkler, molasses, vermicompost, and rice hull, to kickstart their agricultural endeavors.

The activity was held from May 8 to 10, 2024 in Nagcarlan, Laguna.