Thirty-Five (35) Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP) personnel from its Head Office and Regions 2-12, attended the 5-day Training Course on Plantation Crops (Banana, Rubber and Oil Palm) Production last January 23-27, 2017 held at the Regional Training Center XII of the Department of Agriculture-Agricultural Training Institute (DA-ATI) in San Filipe, Tantangan South Cotabato.
Managed and supervised by the Pasali Philippines Foundation and co-facilitated by personnel from ATI-RTC XII through the task force formed for the said activity, the training intended to capacitate participants in acquiring adequate knowledge, skills and orientation on the critical aspects of banana, rubber, and oil palm production. DA-ATI accredited Pasali as private Extension Service Provider (ESP) to hasten and improve the delivery of extension services to the DA's client system.
The training was conducted through lecture-discussions and field visits. Dr. Ariston Calvo, Prof. Rogelio Testado and a team from Kenram Palmoil Industries, Inc. (KPII) were the resource speakers for banana, rubber and oil palm production topics respectively.
“Marami akong natutunan. Alien kasi sa amin ang oil palm at rubber. Tingin ko, pwedeng ma-introduce sa farmers ng Region 3 ang rubber, kasi malapit doon ang Yokohama" (I really learned a lot. For us, oil palm and rubber is considered to be ‘alien’. I think, rubber can be introduced to farmers in Region 3 that is because Yokohama (Yokohama Tire Philippines, Inc.) is near there), said training participant Lily San Luis of Pampanga when asked about her impression of the training.
“The training was very fruitful. Malaking tulong lalong-lalo na sa (land) valuation" (It's a big help especially for [land] valuation). Knowing the characteristics of plants (banana, rubber and oil palm) is very important to valuation. The training also gave us opportunity to interact with fellow LBP personnel from other branches, particularly to Agrarian Services Group (ASG) and enhanced the camaraderie among us. I hope there will be similar training for other crops in the future. Thanks to Pasali and DA-ATI for facilitating the training and to LBP-Agrarian Operations Center (AOC) XII for the great hosting,” added Atty. Peter Cañeso of LBP-AOC VI.
Extension Service Provider (ESP)
Pasali Philippines is one of the organizations accredited by the Department of Agriculture- Agricultural Training Institute (DA-ATI) region XII as Extension Service Provider.