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AGREA Farm School scores 100% Pass Rate

written by Rafael Seño

AGREA Farm School celebrates the 100% passing rate of all 25 students who took the Organic Agriculture Production National Certificate (OAP NCII) assessment and qualification.

AGREA Farm School is the first TESDA-accredited farm school in Marinduque and certified by the Department of Agriculture - Agricultural Training Institute as an Organic Agriculture Learning Site.

The assessment took place at the AGREA Farm School Assessment Center, also the first of its kind in Marinduque, last 20 to 22 December 2017. The assessment was supervised by Angelica Costales, a TESDA-accredited OAP NCII assessor from Costales Nature Farms.

HANDS-ON TRAINING. Students take their Organic Agriculture Production classes seriously as the school offers complete facilities, well-organized curriculum, and taught by qualified organic agriculturists.

Organic Agriculture Production NCII qualification consists of competencies that a person must achieve to produce organic farm products such as chicken and vegetables, including the production of organic supplements such as fertilizers, concoctions and extracts, as well as raising organic hogs.

The first batch of students is composed of farmers, Horticulture Senior High School students, underemployed college graduates, professional teachers, a senior citizen, a former Overseas Filipino Worker, a small-scale entrepreneur, a member of the rural poor, and out-of-school youth.

All the 25 OAP NCII students who recently achieved this qualification are now competent to be Organic Agriculture Farmers, Organic Chicken Raisers, Organic Hogs Raisers, Organic Vegetables Farmers, Organic Concoctions and Extracts Producers, and Organic Fertilizer Producers.

LEARNING BY DOING. TESDA-accredited technical-vocation courses such as AGREA Farm School's Organic Agriculture Production enables the students to learn more through engaging out-of-the-classroom activities.

“We are honored with your achievements. You have come a long way,” says AGREA President and Founding Farmer Cherrie Atilano during the graduation ceremony last 13 January 2018.

“Now, the next step is to continue planting the seeds of hope for yourselves and your families because there is actually a better future in agriculture,” Atilano added.

Lorie Uy, a multi-awarded entrepreneur based in Marinduque, also attended the graduation and shared some entrepreneurial insights with the graduates.

“You are now more empowered because you now have more skills. Put what you have learned to good use, be prudent with your finances, and share what you have learned with others,” Uy said.

CLASSROOM FOR FARMING. Angelica Costales of Costales Nature Farms shares her insights about building a promising future through organic agriculture.

AGREA’s Organic Agriculture Production course is supported by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Marinduque Provincial Office under the Training for Work Scholarship Program.

To know more about the AGREA Farm School and for information on how to become a scholar, click here.

About the Author
Rafael Seño is AGREA's Director of Rapport and Communications. He is also the Principal of the AGREA Farm School.

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