Four youths from Baclayan participated in the Municipal Level Training on Leadership and Agricultural Technologies last August 30-September 1, 2022. The Binhi ng Pag-asa program (Seed of Hope) aims to empower and motivate youth to become competent agripreneurs.
Becoming an Agripreneur
The three-day training included: Leadership, Agripreneurship, Urban Gardening, Organic Swine Production, Free Range Chicken, Goat Raising, and Backyard Inland Fish Culture. In addition, it also included: National Socio-Economic Situation, Senator Grace Poe’s Policies and Legislation, Social Media in Farming, and Project Proposal Writing.
The program aims to assist youth beneficiaries from seven regions in the Philippines, including Oriental Mindoro. The four youths submitted a project proposal on Free Range Chickens and can eventually receive a grant of P9,000.
Saving for the future
The four youth plan to lead a savings group called the Sarigan Children and Youth Savings Group. Members will learn how to save for their future. They will also learn about animal dispersal schemes, where other members will raise and multiply chickens received from the government.
Youth participation in the activities under the Department of Agriculture is one way to capacitate Baclayan’s youth. In addition, it meets one of the Baclayan Community Development Program’s objectives, where projects need strong coordination and cooperation among different stakeholders to create supportive structures and an enabling environment.
The BPP is implemented by the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) in partnership with the Office of Senator Grace Poe (OSGP).