The Philippine Center for Postharvest Development and Mechanization (PHilMech) pushed for the airing of the webinar e-Talakayan: Angat Ani sa Tamang Makinarya for the Region I despite the threat of typhoon Pepito last Oct. 21, 2020.

PHilMech, together with the webinar’s 606 participants from 148 farmers’ cooperatives and associations (FCAs) defied the aftermath of Pepito— poor internet signal and power interruption.

One of the participants, Alfredo G. Pascua from Rang Ay Iti Daya Farmers Association Inc. expressed his gratitude, “Salamat po sa inyong walang sawang pagbibigay aral po sa aming farmers. Lubos po kaming nagpapasalamat at nadagdagan ang aming knowledge. (Thank you for the continuous effort to educate our farmers. We really appreciate it since we have gained more knowledge.) More power!”

Dr. Aldrin E. Badua, chief of the Applied Communication Division of PHilMech, led the webinar’s discussion on the RCEF Mechanization Program and the benefits of the mechanization technologies, and attentively answered the questions of the participants.

The farmer-participants watched the webinar via Facebook Live and joined in the e-tanungan at kasagutan (question and answer) portion. For the affected participants, PHilMech posted a replay of the webinar.

This e-Talakayan is one of the webinar series that PHilMech would be conducting this year to reach the FCAs nationwide. It is part of the information dissemination support for the program to encourage the farmers to continue learning despite the pandemic. It airs exclusively per batch of participants every Wednesday from 9:00 to 11:00 am.

Article by Micky Teresa V. Cabuloy