To achieve efficiency and productivity by avoiding duplication of activities, beneficiaries, coverage and schedule,

the Department of Agriculture Regional Field Office 1 with the Agricultural Training Institute, conducted the Harmonization Workshop of Extension Support, Education and Training Services (ESETS) on May 7, 2018 at the DA-RFO1 Conference Hall, San Fernando City, La Union.

In his overall perspective, Dir. Rogelio C. Evangelista, ATI Director said that there is a need to conduct said workshop to avoid waste of time and resources spent by each agency in planning activities for agriculture that are just the same.

The activity is a way to discuss possible partnerships between DA and its attached agencies and resource sharing in terms of budget and expertise.

Among the important matters discussed was on the Production Loan Easy Access (PLEA) program of DA which is one of the priority projects of Sec. Emmanuel F. Piñol to help farmers avail financial assistance easily. The program aims to get financial assistance to support their production expenses.

As agreed last April 27, 2018 during the Harmonization Workshop of ESETS with DA-RFO 1, BFAR 1 and ATI-RTC 1 participated by the Regional Directors of the said agencies, since Region 1 has sufficient supply on crops, livestock, fisheries and other commodities, DA will be focusing assistance on five areas which such as Regulatory and Law Enforcement; Rehabilitation of Production Areas; Strengthening of Seed Growers; Agribusiness Opportunities; and Financial Literacy.

Possible interventions on the five areas identified were discussed during the workshop to provide better product, program and services to farmers and fisherfolks in the region.

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