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Twelve NCPC staffs virtually trained sixty Agricultural Extension Workers
(AEWs) from the Bicol Region on Integrated Pest Management for Vegetables last
22-25 June 2021. The Agricultural Training Institute-Regional Training Center V
led this Training of Trainers to improve the capability of AEWs in making sound
decisions needed in the development and implementation of pest management
programs. Likewise, to capacitate the AEWs in discovering and mastering
scientific management skills in pest management.

The first part of the training was an introduction to IPM, where Ms. Jena Joy G.
Apolinario discussed the principles, concepts, and practical applications of IPM.
Ms. Maureen Ceres de Roxas and Sci. Marcela Navasero helped the participants
understand the significance and challenges of IPM in sustainable agriculture.
The participants also learned the IPM strategies on insect pests from the lectures of
Sci. Mario V. Navasero and Ms. Maureen dL. de Roxas.

Mr. Freddiewebb B. Signabon led the lecture on the disease tetrahedron concept.
Afterward, Ms. Mary Joy C. Mendoza. Ms. April N. Alviar, Dr. Marita S. Pinili,
and Ms. Melissa Montecalvo delivered a thorough discussion on the major diseases
in vegetables caused by bacteria, viruses, nematodes, and fungi, respectively.
The participants were able to know the importance of Integrated Weed
Management likewise, the principles and components of Integrated Weed
Management from the discussion led by Ms. Romalene A. Limpiada.
Aside from the pest management strategies, NCPC also provided additional
information on pesticide management and Maximum Residue Limit. Mr. John
Julius P. Manuben led its discussion. Ms. Karen Ardez, in the last part of the
training, talked about Insecticide Resistance Management.
Despite the virtual set-up, the training was interactive and the participants were
very participative.

The training concluded on 25 June with a graduation ceremony.