Wednesday, January 20, 2010

40 and counting

WESVARRDEC launches FITS Jamindan

By Niño S. Manaog
Regional Applied Communications

"Hulog ng langit ang FITS Center" (The FITS Center is God’s gift)—said Municipal Mayor Ethel Jinon of Jamindan, Capiz, who led her local government into welcoming the 40th Farmers Information and Technology Services (FITS) Center launched by the Western Visayas Agriculture and Resources Research and Development Consortium (WESVARRDEC) on January 13, 2010 at the Multipurpose Covered Gym in Poblacion, Jamindan, Capiz.


Major stakeholders of the partnership unfurl the Techno Gabay signage at the newly opened farmers center, which Mayor Ethel Jinon (center) calls "hulog ng langit," or a gift from God. Witnesses include (from left) RRD Coordinator Geronimo Gregorio, Dr. Raul Ticar, FITS CapSU Manager, Vice-Mayor Samson Montorio, RMIS Coordinator Nilo Araneta and Consortium Director Joseph Edward Idemne.

In a fevered speech that sought to inspire the fellow Jamindanons, Jinon considered the establishment of the FITS center an indispensable means through which they can improve the town’s economy. Jinon further encouraged the local townsfolk to avail themselves of the benefits to be given to the farmers’ center and asked them to trust in the research and development efforts offered by the consortium.

With Vice-Mayor Samson Montorio and some members and officials of Jamindan, Jinon was welcomed by Director Joseph Edward Idemne into the WESVARRDEC family, who came in full force for the launch.

The farmers’ center’s launch coincided with the town’s Agro-Fair featuring the varied farm harvest, vegetables and processed products of some 30 clustered barangays.

Most important, Research and Development Coordinator Geronimo Gregorio of WESVARRDEC simplified to the audience the necessity and importance of R&D in the lives of ordinary people in Jamindan, a gesture well received by the local government and warmly backed up by WESVARRDEC led by Director Idemne.

Before the signing of the memorandum of agreement between LGU Jamindan, FITS CapSU, WESVARRDEC and the Philippines Council for Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resources Development (PCARRD), Regional Techno Gabay Coordinator Anna Mae Relingo enjoined the active participation of the major stakeholders.

Dr. Raul Ticar, FITS manager and Mr. Eduardo Navarra, technology services specialist of FITS CapSU were likewise cited for their pioneering efforts to have the center launched in Jamindan, Capiz. FITS Jamindan will work closely with CapSU as its PMA.

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