At least 50 agricultural extension workers (AEWs) will enjoy an all-expense paid educational trip in some selected regions in the Philippines.
Twenty of the luckily picked agricultural technologists are set to have their educational and exposure trips to Luzon; 16 for Visayas; and 14 for Mindanao sometime this year.
Raffling off of Certificates of Travel to the AEWs in Region 12 served as the main highlight in the 2nd AEWs’ Congress held on Friday at Phela Grande Convention Center, General Santos City.
DA 12 Regional Executive Director Amalia Jayag-Datukan said, “it is the best time to treat our agricultural extension workers for their noble tasks in facilitating our farmers to become more productive and more knowledgeable on various farming systems.”
“They have been performing their duties and responsibilities in the field with their limited learning but I believe they could perform better if we will send them to a lakbay-aral in other parts of the country to get ideas and information that they could share to their communities,” she added.
Though there have no exact locations set for the educational tours but Director Datukan said, some possible destinations will definitely include some of the most productive parts in the country where agriculture thrives at its best.
Meantime, with the theme: Bridging the Gap, Touching the Heart and Delivering Results, this is already the second regional convention of the AEWs where the DA 12 had presented its accomplishments for the first semester of 2013.
Besides this, the regional office also drew out recommendations from these field technicians on how to further improve the yield and incomes of the farmers working on different agricultural industries such as crops and livestock.
Around 800 agricultural technologists joined in the regional gathering represented the four provinces and the five cities that comprised Soccsksargen Region.
For the second time, the regional office revived its partnerships with the AEWs since the latter serves as frontrunners in carrying out agricultural services in the countryside.
It can be remembered that since its devolution in 1993, the DA gathered for the first time the agricultural extension workers of the region on May 18 of last year in Koronadal City which was highlighted by the release of their incentives. (LMSalvo)