A total of 200 graduates of School-On-the-Air on Dairy Buffalo Production received their certificates of completion in a mass graduation ceremony held at the Agricultural Training Institute Regional Training Center 12 (ATI RTC 12) satellite office, University of Southern Mindanao in North Cotabato on October 27.
Said learning modality, which ran from June 8 to September 21, used radio and Facebook as platforms to educate farmers about the technologies and skills involved in dairy buffalo farming.
ATI RTC 12, in partnership with DA-PCC at USM, organized the learning event which was facilitated by SOA coordinators of Alamada, Midsayap, Pigcawayan, Aleosan, President Roxas, Kidapawan, Mlang, Kabacan, Matalam and Makilala in North Cotabato. It was broadcast on DXVL Kool FM.
“Sa aking grupo dapat may commitment tayo at isipin natin na dito tayo uunlad kaya mag-aral at maglaan tayo ng oras,” said Fidel Dorado, one of the graduates from President Roxas.
Meanwhile, officials from the DA-PCC, ATI, and LGU also delivered their respective messages of support for the activity.
In his message, ATI RTC XII Assistant Director Jessie Beldia emphasized that everything they will be, now depends on their own hands, challenging the graduates to utilize the knowledge and technologies to their advancement.
DA-PCC at USM Center Director Benjamin John C. Basilio said the SOA-DBP provides its learners the key to unlocking a myriad of opportunities in dairy buffalo production with appropriate use of knowledge and technologies from DA-PCC.
“Malaki ang naghihintay sa inyong dagdag kita kung gagamitin ninyo ang susing ito. Nariyan ang milk feeding program ng Department of Education (DepEd) at Department of Social Welfare Development (DSWD) at mga suking mamimili ng gatas ng kalabaw. Sa lahat ng SOA-DBP graduates, sana hindi ito ang huling pagkikita natin. Sasamahan namin kayo sa pagpasok ninyo sa negosyong salig sa pagkakalabawan.” he added.