Regional Director Vincent Aljon Cifra of TESDA in the Ilocos said in an interview, “This is to help our farmers modernize their methods and practices for them to be able to become more competitive in the rice production and rice selling as well.”
Training is exclusively available for farmers, farm workers, as well as their dependents, who are listed in the Registry System for Basic Sector in Agriculture being managed by the Department of Agriculture (DA) through the agriculture office of cities and municipalities.
“Dahil bunga nga ito ng Rice Tarrification Law, ‘yong kinikita from the tariffs ay may portion na napupunta sa TESDA. For Ilocos Region, P40M was given last 2019. ‘Yang perang ‘yan ay ginagamit sa pagbibigay ng mechanization training sa ating mga magsasaka,” Cifra said.
Learning sessions will be focused on farm machinery operations and small engine servicing like repair and maintenance.
The regional head said that interested applicants for the said program may inquire through their official Facebook page: TESDA One.
“Hinihikayat ko ang publiko na magpadala lamang sila ng mensahe sa aming Facebook page. Mag-inquire lamang kayo at may mga tao tayong nakatutok doon para magbigay kasagutan,” he assured.
Further, TESDA in the Ilocos is advocating the creation of an “edible garden” or a mini organic farm that uses edible plants, instead of the normal ornamental plants, to landscape or beautify their gardens.
“Sa unang tingin ay napakaganda ng setup, pero kapag malapitan mong tinignan ay malalaman mong pagkain pala. This is also our way of promoting agriculture – to utilize an instagrammable concept,” the regional director said.
He added, “Tinuruan tayo ng COVID-19 pandemic ng importance ng agriculture. Habang walang vaccine, there is always a possibility na magkaroon ng another wave of infection at baka kapag nangyari ‘yan ay hindi na makayanan ng ating mga LGUs na hatiran tayo ng mga relief goods. So we need to establish sustainable food source.”
Meanwhile, Mayor Roselyn Silva of Imelda, Zamboanga Sibugay as she guested in the Laging Handa Network Briefing News episode aired on Monday, shared that farmers in their municipality are provided with training on effective farming. (JCR/AMB/CGRC/PIA La Union)By Caren Grace R. Cabanayan