21 March 2021
Taguig City - In line with the implementation of the Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (RCEF), TESDA will establish its Farm Field Schools all over the country which aim to enhance farmers’ skills to improve their productivity and increase their income.

In a memorandum issued to all Regional and Provincial Directors, TESDA Secretary Isidro Lapeña has directed the Regional and Provincial Directors to establish Farm Field Schools in their respective TESDA institutions, particularly those located in 57 provinces that are recipients of RCEF.

 “The Farm Field Schools shall provide applicable technologies needed to improve the capabilities of farmers as they shift from the traditional method to modernized system of rice planting. These schools will also boost their competitiveness to help make the country’s agriculture sector more viable,” Lapeña said.

The Farm Field Schools is attributed to the Rice Tariffication Law which requires the special role of the farm school as venues of the extension services program.

The Rice Tariffication Law (RTL) or Republic Act 11203 was signed by President Rodrigo Duterte on February 24, 2019 with a mandate of enhancing the productivity and overall competitiveness of the country’s rice sector.

TESDA continues to prioritize the agriculture sector, along with the construction sector, as priority areas in its scholarship allocation. ###