QUEZON CITY – Some 47 youth interns, who have recently completed the Filipino Young Farmers Internship Program in Taiwan (FYFIPT) this year, returned to the country for their Post-Training Evaluation and Re-Entry Planning Workshop.
The workshop aimed to gather feedback and recommendations from the interns for program improvement, document their acquired knowledge, skills, and experiences during their stay in Taiwan and craft their competitive and well-written project proposals.
ATI Director Remelyn R. Recoter expressed her heartfelt congratulations to the interns for completing the internship program and hurdling through the different challenges they encountered during their 11-month stay. She likewise emphasized the importance of youth involvement in the agriculture sector, while facing the challenge of an aging farmer population.
“Having completed your international internship program, we believe that you are now prepared to take the next level of your training. Make the most of what you had learned from the technologies, values, and culture of Taiwan and share them with your communities. As you have been the ambassador of goodwill to Taiwan during your internship, I encourage you to be the young ambassadors of your respective areas as well,” Recoter said.
As part of their re-entry plans, the interns submitted their agribusiness proposals which would be reviewed based on how they applied the knowledge and techniques they learned during their 11-month internship in a foreign country.
The FYFIPT is an International Exchange Program being implemented by ATI in partnership with the Manila Economic and Cultural Office (MECO) and the Taiwan Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) to empower young farmers focusing on the development of competencies, discipline, and values while exchanging current agricultural and fisheries techniques, marketing strategies, and management practices.
The youth interns returned to the country last July 14, 2023.