Calitan MPC named as Radyo Eskwela’s outstanding FCA in Visayas

Calitan Multi-Purpose Cooperative (MPC) of Visayas region topped the graduates of Philippine Center for Postharvest Development and Mechanization’s (PHilMech) Radyo Eskwela: “Angat Ani sa Tamang Makinarya” Season 2 as it garnered 100 farmer-graduates, the highest enrollees and graduates for the season.

To recognize the cooperative’s support and participation, PHilMech’s Applied Communication Division-Science and Technology Information Dissemination Section (ACD-STIDS) with its partner radio network, Radio Mindanao Network (RMN) conducted a face-to-face graduation ceremony in Calitan, Panay, Capiz last December 13, 2022.

Chair Mabini Besiño in his interview commended PHilMech and its Radyo Eskwela program for the efforts to bring the knowledge to the farmers in a most convenient manner. “Dito nga ako saludo sa PHilMech kasi ang PHilMech dapat distribution lang ng mga farm machineries pero nagkaroon pa sila ng programa sa Radyo Eskwela, kung saan ay yung mga magsasaka hindi na kailangang pumunta pa sa eskwelahan o sa learning sites para mag-aral. Sa pamamagitan lang ng radyo kahit nasa bukid p’wede na siyang (farmers) matuto ng mga makabagong pamamaraan sa pagsasaka at araw-araw niya itong masubaybayan.”

PHilMech Director, Dr. Dionisio Alvindia, congratulated the graduates and thanked RMN. “Kami po dito sa Philippine Center for Postharvest Development and Mechanization o PHilMech ay lubos na bumabati sa ating mga magtatapos. At kami rin po ay nagpapasalamat sa Radio Mindanao Network, sa oportunidad na ibinigay sa PHilMech para po itong pagsasanay natin sa RCEF-Mechanization ay maisakatuparan sa magandang layunin upang mapataas ang ani at kita ng ating magsasaka.”

The municipal administrator of Panay, Mr. Vincent Emmanuel Bermejo, OIC-Municipal Agriculture Office, Ms. Editha Dollete, representative of the provincial agriculturist, Engr. Windel Laging, and DYVR-RMN station manager, Mr. Elizer Abarra, attended the graduation and awarding ceremony.

Municipal Agriculturist Dollete, talked about the advantage of Radyo Eskwela as it uses radio to educate farmers on the new machinery. Engr. Windel Laging pointed out how vital embracing new technologies taught by the Department of Agriculture (DA) and local technicians. Mr. Abarra of DYVR-RMN emphasized the importance of adopting the latest farming practices to be globally competitive.

The RMN distributed transistor radios to the farmer-graduates as special tokens.

Selected Farmer Cooperative Associations (FCAs) in Kalinga and Zamboanga Del Norte will be given the same recognition for their outstanding participation to Radyo Eskwela.

Radyo Eskwela is a continuous program of PHilMech-ACD which aims to deliver knowledge to the FCA members about the Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (RCEF)-Mechanization Program and the latest technologies utilizing radio as a media channel.
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