25 trainers honed in Bulacan TOT

The Philippine Center for Postharvest Development and Mechanizatiom (PHilMech) honed 25 participants at the Training of Trainers (TOT) on the Operation and Maintenance of Rice Machinery. The Technology Management and Training Division of PHilMech conducted the training course on June 21-25 in Baliuag, Bulacan.

The TOT aimed to develop a core subject matter specialist to serve as resource speakers for the training courses on rice mechanization to be conducted by PHilMech.

Several resource persons discussed various topics like seedling preparation, direct seeding, transplanting, land preparation, and hands-on of farm machinery. There were six participants from the local government units, eight from the farmers’ cooperatives and associations and seven from the farm schools.

Senator Cynthia A. Villar, in a recorded video message said, “Isang malaking bagay na patuloy ang pagsasanay ng ating mga magsasaka nang higit pa nilang mapabuti ang kanilang ani at lumaki ang kanilang kita…Sa tulong tulong na pagkilos ng gobyerno at mga idibidwal na katulad ninyo, magiging food secure ang ating bansa kahit sa harap ng pagsubok gaya ng Covid-19 … lalo na at patuloy ang PHilMech sa pamamahagi ng mga makabagong makinarya para mapadali ang pagsasaka.”

Meanwhile, Antonio Sabangan, one of the participants from Zambales, expressed his gratitude, “I was a little hesitant about taking this training of trainers because I’m not an engineer. But I bravely took the chance because I know many farmers are depending on me in Zambales…Whether you’re an engineer, agriculturist, LGU member, or regular farmer, we all came here for one purpose… learn and acquire new skills from the training.”

He also shared that equality, opportunity and gratitude are the three most valued things he got from this training experience.
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