ANTIPOLO CITY – Fifty-three (53) youth leaders will serve as resource speakers (RPs) or trainers of the Binhi ng Pag-asa Program (BPP) after completing the National Training of Trainers (TOT) on Leadership conducted from July 11 to 15, 2022.
BPP is a collaboration of the Department of Agriculture (DA) – Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) with the Office of Senator Grace Poe (OSGP) that is aimed at empowering young people through leadership training and enabling them to become agripreneurs through provision of agri-fisheries starter kits. The program covered eight provinces such as Tarlac, Bataan, Batangas, Oriental Mindoro, Camarines Norte, Iloilo, Zamboanga Sibugay, and North Cotabato to be able to reach more than 3,000 beneficiaries.
The youth leaders from the eight provinces including participants from the National Capital Region attended the training.
DA-ATI Director Rosana Mula stressed that the BPP is vital in engaging youth in the agriculture and fisheries sector as the country continuously suffers from a shortage of farmers and fishers worsened by their aging population.
“Nation building comes along with big amount of responsibility. You, as student and community leaders, were chosen to inspire more young Filipinos to engage in the transformative development of the agriculture and fisheries sector,” said OSGP Chief for Political Affairs Mr. Jyleazar Dela Rosa, on behalf of Senator Grace Poe.
Resource speakers from the OSGP, DA-ATI’s accredited Learning Site for Agriculture (LSA), and a public speaking mentor coached select young people to effectively discuss the program’s leadership training component. Mr. Dela Rosa, Social Media Department Head Ms. Sofia Santiago, and Political Officer Mr. Armani Miguel Narca discussed the topics including the country’s national socioeconomic situation, leadership and values formation, agricultural policies, social media in farming, and agripreneurship.
Likewise, LSA owners Elnard Ympal from Siquijor and Ernesto Lacson from Pampanga shared their success in agripreneurship. They also discussed agri-fisheries technologies such as drip irrigation techniques and organic-based polyculture fish farming.
During the training, the youth were grouped into five to demonstrate their learnings through micro-teaching. Their adaptation skills were also tested as they presented the main topics through various scenarios experienced on the ground such as technical difficulties, uninterested crowds, unorganized setup, natural calamities such as floods, etc.
The graduates will then be tapped as trainers for 136 city or municipal training activities to be accomplished until November this year. Aside from the leadership training component, the BPP will also tackle agri-fisheries technologies and innovations that were chosen based on the needs of the youth beneficiaries as assessed by the concerned ATI Regional Training Centers.