After almost a year-long stay in Israel, 535 Filipino student-trainees from various agriculture universities and colleges in the Philippines graduated from an on-the-job training program in Haifa last September 2.
The 11-month course, sponsored by Agrostudies, an organization that provides a unique apprenticeship in agriculture, offers professional training to students from 18 partner countries in the form of coursework in multiple Israeli universities and practical work in modern farms.
The graduation was held at the International Convention Center, according to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) in a statement Tuesday.
Under the program, students are exposed to the latest agro-based technology and techniques in livestock, agricultural pollination, and horticulture five days a week in addition to the hour spent in classrooms for theory.
Philippine Ambassador to Israel Neal Imperial noted during the students' graduation ceremony that the program has a positive impact on developing cooperation between the Philippines and Israel.
He added that the training would also positively influence the Filipino students' future career and employment.
Pangasinan State University graduate Marvin Cugana said in a statement that he was "excited to apply in my community in the Philippines the many things I learned in my study and practical training in Israeli farms.”
The 535 Filipino graduates were among the latest batch of 1,400 student-trainees from Asia, Africa, and South America for the program.
Among the participating countries are the Philippines, Myanmar, Laos, Bhutan and Vietnam from Asia; Rwanda, Togo, Burkina Faso, Uganda, Malawi, Zambia, Cameroon, Senegal, Kenya and the Ivory Coast from Africa; and Ecuador, Guatemala and Peru in South America. —Rie Takumi/KBK, GMA News