TESDA’s special clients in Butuan finish FFS in produce organic vegetables

BUTUAN CITY, Feb. 20 -- A total of 42 individuals, majority of whom are special clients of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) finish Farmer Field School (FFS) in produce organic vegetables.
Composed of eight personnel of the Philippine National Police (PNP); eight Persons Who Used Drugs (PWUDs); 12 Kabataan Kontra Droga at Terrorismo (KKDAT); eight members of Women’s Organization, and six from the different youth organizations, the trainees received training certificates from TESDA-Agusan del Norte Provincial Director Rey M. Cueva during the Closing Ceremony held Thursday at Madjos Farm, Sitio Tagulahi, Brgy. Antongalon, this city.
The training which started in November 11, 2020, is an innovative, participatory and interactive learning approach that emphasizes problem-solving and discovery-based learning.
In his speech, Dir. Cueva said that TESDA, through the provincial office is always willing to provide skills and livelihood trainings to all sectors in the society as this will pave the way to transform the lives of every individual.
He also stressed that with the pandemic that is currently experienced worldwide, there is a need to strengthen the agriculture sector to ensure that there are enough agricultural products to feed the people. “This is also the mandate of TESDa thru our Director-General – Sec. Isidro S. Lapeña to promote Green TVET in the country… and by Green TVET, we mean agriculture,” he said.
Also, PCol. Sammy Fuentes, Butuan City Police Director said that this is a joint undertaking of the Philippine National Police, City Government of Butuan and TESDA dubbed as Project KALAMBUAN (KAhibalo LAMdag sa Buhing Ugma Alang sa Nagkahi-usang Kabatan-onan). “Project KALAMBUAN is replicating the FFS in Barangay Bugsukan and Barangay Tagkiling in Butuan City,” he added.
Further, the City Agriculture Office is grateful to the organizers of the project as it promotes organic farming in the city.
FFS aims to build farmers’ capacity to analyze their production systems, identify problems, test possible solutions, and eventually encourage the participants to adopt the practices most suitable to their farming systems. It can also provide an opportunity for farmers to practice and test/evaluate sustainable land-use technologies and introduce new technologies through comparing their conventional technologies developed with their own tradition and culture. (Robert E. Roperos, TESDA Agusan del Norte/PIA-Agusan del Norte)



Source: Philippines Information Agency (pia.gov.ph)

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