PCC, SEARCA conduct TOT workshop on writing effective knowledge products

The Philipppine Carabao Center (PCC) recently concluded a workshop on Training of Trainers (TOT) on Writing Effective Knowledge Products (KP) facilitated by the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) as part of the PCC-SEARCA funded project, “Building Capacity and Strengthening Partnership for Carabao Development Program.”

The workshop took place on April 18-21, 2016 in Basco, Batanes.

The PCC commissioned project with SEARCA aims to organize national and regional learning events to generate and share knowledge on water buffalo production, management, and its contribution to socio-economic development.

The TOT workshop is a follow through workshop on knowledge management (KM) conducted among PCC center directors and regional coordinators to formulate a cross regional learning program and to set up thematic Communities of Practice (CoP). One of the major outputs from the latest KM workshop is the identification of KPs by select lead KP writers from the 12 PC network centers.

The one-week TOT workshop reviewed the foundational concepts and principles of KM, tackled various aspects of KP and how to develop it, technically evaluated KPs following PCC guidelines on KP production, and laid out. The milestones in KP production are in preparation for the National Knowledge Sharing Forum on Carabao Based Enterprise Development (CBED) to be held this November.

Through the workshop, the lead KP writers are also expected to serve as study leaders and technical editors during the production of KPs for presentation in the national forum and publication into a National CBED Compendium. The output will also serve as the proceedings of the national forum.

Dr Eric P. Palapac, head of the PCC Knowledge Management Division, emphasized during the workshop the need to acquire more knowledge. “We like PCC to have more robust knowledge. We should also include knowledge not only generated from PCC but from all other sources of knowledge. This knowledge should not be limited in the form of technical and scientific knowledge but global contextualized knowledge as well.”

Dr. Serafin S. Talisayon, KM policy planning specialist and project team leader served as the resource person of the workshop. He was joined by the SEARCA management group led by Dr. Maria Celeste H. Cadiz, program head, and Ms. Rosario B. Bantayan, program specialist, both from KMD; Ms. Nancy L. De Leon, program specialist and Ms. Sarah L. Quiñones, project associate, both from the SEARCA Project Development and Technical Services, extended valuable assistance on workshop logistics.

The workshop was attended by 25 participants from the 12 PC regional centers, PCC top officials and the PCC KMD.