The development objectives of this work program is to enhance the PAC extension programs and projects to be more responsive in uplifting the standard of living of farmers. Specifically the program aims to:
- Transfer proven technologies and other agricultural information to farmers to enable them to increase their farm productivity;
- Provide an effective feedback mechanism which will enable farmers to consult agricultural experts for solution to their farming problems;
- Provide farmers' training to make them better managers/entrepreneurs;
- Establish a strong linkage with local government units, government agencies and SUCs in providing extension programs to farmers; and,
- Enable students, student organizations, and faculty to take an active part in the implementation of extension programs and activities.
- Farmers' call/text center
- Distance learning program
- Establishment of E-Linkage and FITS centers
- Establishment of technology promotion center
- Expansion of pilot areas and establishment of new model farms/projects
- Short-term courses for varied types of clienteles
- Active participation of academic departments and institutes
- School-on-the Air Radio Program
- Technology and business fora
Extension and Training Agenda for the Next FIVE Years
In coordination with various institutes, the following shall be attained within the next five years:
- Commercialization/upscaling of under-exploited commodities in partnership with private companies and government corporations
- Promotion of health and nutrition improvement strategies with nutrition status as socio-economic indicator
- Production systems, technologies, machineries and value-added products
- Capability building for target sectors
- Piloting and development of effective and cost-efficient extension strategies
- Biodiversity program development – conservation of Mt. Arayat watershed and its environs
- Waste management, pollution control and climate change advocacy
In 1983, the Extension and Training Office was composed of four units, namely; Community Services and Cooperative Development Unit, Technology Packaging, Verification and Demonstration Unit, Training and Dissemination Unit, and Monitoring and Evaluation Unit. No-Formal Education was a special activity.
These units, aside from their inherent functions, were conceptualized to bring the research output to the target clientele with the end-in-view of improving the quality of family and community lives. Hence, the research results were passed to the extension group to materialize the development goals. This experience not only brought the Extension and Research Offices (R & E) to work closely together but also strengthened the vital role of extension in community development efforts and goals.
Of late, the Extension Office started to outline a more focused program of activities, the main goal of which, "to regard the extension function not only as an indispensable function of the Pampanga Agricultural college but also as a COMMUNITY OUTREACH PROGRAM that creates teaching-learning situations in the community whereby people of the community and the academe learn from each other to optimize the use of available resources to bring about social change".
Hence, at the start of 2008, under the new PAC leadership, the Extension and Training Office has strengthened the College extension program by involving all academic departments and institutes in the implementation of extension activities.
In 2013, the extension and training personnel were able to conduct a total number of 215 trainings/orientations which benefitted 11 sectors. This figure was 34 more trainings conducted compared to the 2012 accomplishment. A total of 4,612 participants benefited from these undertakings. On top of the institutionalized BIDANI (Barangay Integrated Development Approach for Nutrition Improvement) program, nine projects were implemented by the Extension and Training Office with an aggregate external funding assistance of more than PhP 5.1 million from the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), Commission on Higher Education (CHED), Philippine Council for Agriculture and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCARRD) of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), Department of Agriculture (DA), and Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR).