eFARM Academy

Collaborative Meeting with the Provincial Tourism Office (Nueva Ecija Tourism)

eFARM Academy        March 30, 2022

Last Friday, March 25, a collaborative meeting between eFARM Academy Project Team and the Provincial Tourism Office was held to discuss the project's intentions to assist its local learners in the tourism industry.

Dr. Gella Abella, Program Leader, briefly explained the project and possible points for collaboration. She also presented the project’s LMS (learning management system) where life-long learners could access the list of courses offered. “More modules are coming. Kasi dinedevelop din namin yung Tagalog versions ng mga ito para ma-cater namin yung mga local stakeholders natin”, she said.

In support, Atty. Jose Maria Ceasar San Pedro, Provincial Tourism Officer, stated that the purpose of his visit was to help identify or discuss areas where the Provincial Tourism Office and the university, through the eFARM Academy, could have collaborative initiatives as the majority of their stakeholders are the project’s target.

“Kami naman din ay farm tourism ang tinutuon. Diba yung nabanggit niyo po samin last time ay you also want to engage with our Nueva Ecija Farm Tourism operators? Pwede po namin sila bigyan ng preview para at least [magkaroon sila ng idea] kasi sila rin naghahanap sila ng additional learnings. Ang sabi ko nga we have more than enough naman dito sa Nueva Ecija, ang kailangan lang magtagpo”, he added.

Relevant to these, he shared that the majority of the tourism officers of the country are interested in farm tourism, but don’t know how and where to start which is why eFARM Academy, through its different fabricated modules, could help support a specific LGU by improving and enhancing their areas as well as their food production.

Discussion revolved on ideas such as helping agri-fishery tourism operators to develop their sites into future tourist attractions through integrating several technologies in their areas, enhancing the food culture of the province through food processing, marketing the unique dishes or eavesdrop recipes of the different towns, among others.

Further, the Provincial Tourism Office will soon release its coffee table book titled “bUhay”, a combination of buhay and uhay as all food or recipes of the province came from the rice fields.

Stay tuned with this collaboration effort, ka-eFARM!