Monday, January 30, 2012

Pre-departure orientation for 2012 YFFTPJ candidates commences

Thirteen young farmers from the different regions in the country, excluding Regions VIII, IV-A and ARMM, started the Pre-Departure Orientation Course (PDOC) under the Young Filipino Farmers Training Program in Japan (YFFTPJ) on January 23, 2012, as facilitated by the National Agricultural and Fishery Council (NAFC) through the auspices of the Japan Agricultural Exchange Council (JAEC) and the Japan Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. 

This 75-day orientation course, which will end on April 10, succeeded the 45-day Home Stay Module with YFFTPJ graduates that focused on farm activities, visits to other farms and agricultural institutions, conversational Nihongo and physical fitness.

The PDOC will include basic courses on rice, vegetable, swine and cattle production; farm business planning; farm mechanization; computer literacy; formal Nihongo language course, basic Japanese culture and tradition; values formation; and, leadership training.

This year’s YFFTPJ candidates are: June O. Bayeng of Itogon, Benguet; Mario S. Butin of Solsona, Ilocos Norte; Elias S. Calansi of Kayapa, Nueva Vizcaya; Edgell C. Del Fierro of Palauig, Zambales; Bryan B. Rosete of Magsaysay, Mindoro Occidental; Norman H. Samudio of Daet, Camarines Norte; Janvier H. Morales of La Carlota City, Negros Occidental; Dexter O. Lomocso of San Juan, Siquijor; Janyday M. Relampagos of Guipos, Zamboanga del Sur; Dennis A. Duna of Ipasug-ong, Bukidnon; Espederon G. Apog of Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur; Jomer C. Buenavista of Alamada, Cotabato; and Serapin M. Dacula, Jr. of Basag, Butuan City.

These trainees have been carefully selected by NAFC in partnership with local government units, Department of Agriculture-Regional Field Units and Agricultural and Fishery Councils.

Trainees who pass the PDOC qualify for the 11-month training proper in Japan where they will have on-farm training with Japanese host farmers of the JAEC, further study of the Nihongo language, and attendance in institutional development trainings, community activities, farm and cultural visits and sports festival activities.


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