This was a phrase from Department of Agriculture (DA) 6 Regional Director Larry Nacionales’s message citing WESVARRDEC for its big impact in rural development in a speech read by DA Regional Technical Director Joyce Wendam during the launch of the Farmers Information and Technological Services (FITS) Center July 08, 2009 at the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist (OPA) Iloilo in Iloilo Provincial Capitol, Iloilo City.
Nacionales praised WESVARRDEC for its provision of expertise and resourcefulness in its continuous partnership between and among its partner member agencies (PMA) and the academe.
Nacionales said that WESVARRDEC’s impact is one of a kind, citing the consortium’s information and communication technology (ICT) as very helpful in the field of agriculture. Through ICT, farmers and other clientele gain access to information, further proving the relevance of information to rural development.
FITS managers, farmer scientists, experts and public officials—Iloilo Governor Niel Tupas, WESVARRDEC Director Joseph Edward Idemne, MS Rebecca Tubongbanua of Guimaras and MS Ramon Gonzales of Bingawan, Iloilo and FITS Manager Jesus Balila of Barotac Viejo, Iloilo, among others—witnessed the blessing of the FITS Center and the unveiling of the FITS billboard.
The event was hosted and organized by FITS OPA Iloilo led by Manager Joe Nacionales, Aklan State University (ASU)’s Dr. Ana Mae Relingo, WESVARRDEC RTGG Coordinator and the WESVARRDEC staff. A number of media practitioners covered the events including ABS-CBN Iloilo, GMA Iloilo and the Philippine News Agency (PNA).
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Ms. Luz Firmalino (extreme right), acting director of the Management Information Services Division (MISD) of the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCARRD) challenges the major stakeholder during the launch of the new farmers' center.