By MARK FRANCISCO
EXISTING learning sites of the Agricultural Technology Institute (ATI) in Northern Mindanao will soon be accredited by the Technical Education Skills and Development Authority (Tesda) and their graduates be awarded national certificates (NCs).
This, after Tesda signed an agreement last June 5 in Cagayan de Oro City with the El Salvador City-based ATI for the availment of the Special Technical Assistance for Program on Accelerating Farm School Establishments (PAFSE).
Providing access to vocational education through agri-fishery farm schools is one of the strategies in achieving the government’s long term goal of rural development, according to Tesda 10 assistant director Leo Velez.
Under the agreement, farmers and fisherfolks are encouraged to register their farms as farm schools under the Unified TVET Program Registration Accreditation System provided that these have already been recognized earlier by ATI as learning sites.
Velez added that PAFSE was established to ensure that poor farmers and fisherfolks, their families and relatives gain appropriate knowledge, skills and attitude in increasing the farm productivity through technology updates and entrepreneurial activities, thus improving their economic status in life.
“We will assist the farm owners in building the capability and capacity. We are classifying them as marginal farms, small farms, semi-medium farms, medium farms and large farms,” he continued.
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