University of the Philippines Los Baños
Thursday, 19 January 2017 00:00

FSTP takes stock, plans for the future at a workshop

From the upper reaches of the Cordilleras to the valleys of Compostela province in Mindanao, stakeholders of the National Corn-based Farmer-Scientists RDE Training Program (FSTP) gathered together in the place where it all began – in UPLB.

It was indeed in UPLB 22 years ago when Dr. Romulo G. Davide, program leader, put together the bare bones of the program. Now, he is looking back and planning for the future, this time with representatives of the program  from all over the country consisting of regional directors and focal persons from the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) during the 2016 Annual Review and Planning Workshop held at the Obdulia Sison Hall (formerly Continuing Education Center) on Dec. 12-13.

Dr. Romulo G. Davide, who is also a professor emeritus at the College of Agriculture (CA), formally opened the two-day workshop. In his opening message, he expressed his gratitude to the UPLB and CA administrations for their support to the FSTP.

Chancellor Fernando C. Sanchez, Jr, in his inspirational message, reiterated his support for the FSTP and encouraged the team to strive to sustain its success. After underscoring the Program’s “incredible progress” and contribution to the lives of many farmers all over the country, he affirmed the importance of the workshop in expanding the Program and making it more effective.

 Meanwhile, Dr. Enrico P. Supangco, dean of CA, commended how UPLB-FSTP has effectively gone to the grassroots level in order to bring relevant UPLB agricultural technologies to the farmers so that they can significantly improve their socioeconomic status

He stressed the uniqueness of approaching farmers, and said that doing so requires a strategy that involves relevant innovation and respect for the farmers and their land.

After the opening program and the reporting of accomplishments on the first day, the participants  visited UPLB’s academic facilities, reviewed Executive Order No. 710, also known as the “Nationwide Adoption of the Corn-based Farmer-Scientists Research, Development and Extension (RDE) Training Program for Sustainable Agricultural Development to Liberate Poor Farmers from the Bondage of Poverty and Hunger” and presented the 2017 work plan. 

Present on the workshop’s first day were Dr. Reynaldo Comia, assistant program leader of the FSTP; Dr. Lutgarda Tolentino, retired UPLB professor and former FSTP assistant program leader;  Dr. Virgilio Villancio, deputy director of the CA Agricultural Systems Cluster; and Dr. Sheryl Yap, assistant professor at the CA Crop Protection Cluster.

At the closing program, the new director of DA-ATI, Dr. Luz A. Taposok delivered an inspirational message of full support to FSTP as mandated by E.O. 710. Further, Dr. Villancio commended the success of the program because of the leadership of Dr. Davide. He assured of ASC’s full support to the program in the years to come. (KEAraguas)