524 Pinoy students graduate from Israel agri program
Over 500 Filipino students recently graduated from an agricultural program in Israel, with one of them even receiving an award.
The 524 students, who came from different agriculture university and colleges in the Philippines, completed an 11-month course of combined academic learning and practical work, according to a statement from the Philippine Embassy in Tel Aviv.
Israel's Agrostudies On-the-Job Training Program exposed 900 students from other countries in Asia and Africa to the latest agro-based technology and techniques being utilized by farms in Israel.
"The program offered the Filipino students the opportunity to study at specialized agricultural academic centers and work in modern farms throughout Israel to learn practical lessons in various fields such as citrus farming, horticulture, mushroom cultivation, dairy production, poultry growing and agricultural pollination employing the latest Israeli modern technology," the embassy said.
The students were situated in the most enabling and stimulating learning environment, allowing them to benefit from the most advanced agricultural working methods.
Michelle Rafael, a fourth year college student taking up Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from Tarlac Agricultural University, was awarded the Excellence for Extra-Curricular Activities.
In her message delivered during the graduation on September 1, Rafael, who was assigned to undergo her training in dairy production at the Meshek Hirsh Company located in southern Israel, delivered during the graduation program, encouraged her fellow graduates to "reflect upon our experiences here in Israel, and consider how we can best utilize this valuable training in the future."
"We have had the opportunity to gain knowledge and skills that we would not have been able to acquire in our countries," she said. "I believe that these experiences have helped us grow."
Rafael also told her fellow graduates that they are now in the perfect position to give back to and serve as leaders in our local communities.
"To accomplish these forward-looking goals, we need to do our job as agriculturists in our country," she said.
Ambassador Neal Imperial joined CHED Commissioner Ruperto Sangalang and the presidents of Tarlac Agricultural University, Misamis Oriental State College of Agriculture and Technology, Bataan Peninsula State University and Sultan Kudarat State University in gracing the graduation ceremony. —KBK, GMA News