DILIMAN, Quezon City—The Agricultural Training Institute’s (ATI) Regional Training Center (RTC) in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) was recognized as the top-performing center for 2023.
ATI-CAR Center Director Charlie Sagudan received this award during the celebration of the ATI’s 37th anniversary. This is in recognition of their efforts in delivering training and other related services in the provincial and municipal level.
Meanwhile, ATI CALABARZON and ATI Bicol ranked second and third place, respectively.
In her message posted online, Director Remelyn Recoter lauded the hard work of all ATI men and women across the nationwide network of training centers.
“To all ATI officials and staff, continue the good work as we work on our core values of Customer Focus, Commitment, Resource Stewardship, and Innovation and Excellence. Remember that our RAISON D'ETRE—the reason for our being (ATI's existence)—are the farmers, fisherfolk, and the agricultural extension workers,” she said.
With the theme “Innovate, Collaborate, Succeed: Growing Together for a Sustainable Future”, the Institute’s weeklong celebration showcased its partnerships with both the public and private sectors in implementing new strategies to provide training and other capacity-building programs for extension workers, farmer-leaders, and other intermediaries.
Acknowledging the role of the training centers in the success of these initiatives, the ATI Management awarded the top three performing centers for 2023. This is also in accordance with the Program on Awards and Incentives for Service Excellence or PRAISE.
This is based on the results of the field monitoring activities conducted by the ATI Management, as well as the physical accomplishments, degree of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) certification, innovations, and quality of services of the training centers as perceived by clients.
Likewise, the 15 RTCs and the International Training Center on Pig Husbandry were evaluated for their efficiency, according to their financial accomplishment, compliance with government accounting and auditing rules, government procurement, ISO, and submission of mandatory and other reports.
The top three training centers will receive funding for Learning and Development and team-building activities worth Php450,000, Php300,000, and Php150,000, respectively.
Meanwhile, special awards were given to ATI CALABARZON for Best Planning, Monitoring, and Evaluation Practices; ATI Bicol for their ATIng UMA (Unlimited Mentoring in Agriculture) as Best Innovative Project; and ATI SOCCSKSARGEN for having the Most Number of CPD Training Courses.
Aside from these, retirees and loyalty awardees were recognized during the program.
The awarding of the best centers for the ATI’s 37th anniversary celebration was held on February 2, 2024 at the Rural Development and Education Center in this city.