QUEZON CITY, Philippines—Fresh from an 11-month internship in Taiwan, 29 young farmers are back in the country, armed with broader knowledge and experiences. “Yung learnings, hindi na iyon makukuha sainyo; andyan na iyan sainyo. Yung hinihingi lang namin [as program managers] is for you to share what you’ve gained from the Taiwan experience–in terms of knowledge and skills–to your fellow kababayan, yung mga kaibigan ninyo, relatives, at kapwa kabataan sa community ninyo,” remarked Engr. Remelyn R. Recoter, the OIC-Director IV of the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI).
Director Recoter likewise expressed, “Kami sa government we would like also to help and assist you in terms of your learnings,” to the interns during the post-training and re-entry planning activity. This is activity is part of their journey in the Filipino Young Farmers Internship Program (FYFIP) wherein they share their experiences, assess and evaluate the training program; document learnings, insights, reflections, and training highlights; and prepare farm development plans.
For this batch, there will be five (5) interns who will be given after-training support amounting to Php150,000 to start up their respective projects. The farm development plans and project proposals of the interns–which are their main outputs in this activity–will undergo a screening process at ATI-Central Office.
This two-day activity was spearheaded by ATI’s Partnerships and Accreditation Division (PAD) last September 22-23, 2022. It was attended by 29 young farmer-interns from the Cordillera Administrative Region, Ilocos, Central Luzon, CaLaBaRZon, MiMaRoPa, Bicol, Western Visayas, Central Visayas, Eastern Visayas, Zamboanga Peninsula, Northen Mindanao, Davao, SOCCSKSARGEN, Caraga, and BARMM.