AT  AKLAN  STATE  U:  AKLAN  TO  INTEGRATE  E-PROGRAMS,  SERVICES

BANGA, AKLAN
, MARCH 5, 2007
 (STAR) An Aklan e-Convergence (AeC) program has been crafted.

The program was proposed during a consultation-workshop held at the Aklan State University (AU) here recently.

The AeC aims to integrate Aklanís various e-programs and e-services and to develop a portal that is globally accessible to policymakers, professionals, researchers, entrepreneurs, farmers, and other stakeholders.

Through the portal, the programís clientele, particularly farmers, can buy and sell agricultural products and make other transactions online globally.

The consultation-workshop, which crafted the proposed Aklan e-convergence program, was attended by 46 representatives of ASU, Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP), Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), Department of Science and Technology-Philippine Council for Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resources Research and Development (DOST-PCARRD), Western Visayas Agriculture and Resources Research and Development Consortium, Department of Agriculture-Philippine Rice Research Institute (DA-PhilRice), DA-Agricultural Training Institute (ATI), DOST-Aklan, the Region 6 offices of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources and Department of Trade and Industry, the provincial government, the Makato municipal government, PANTELCO, Smart Communications and Globe Telecom.

The AeC is now being led by the ASU, whose leadership has been recommended by the provincial government and confirmed by the consultation-workshop participants.

Aklan Gov. Carlito Marquez has expressed support for the AeC program, saying it would help realize his vision to make the province a strong ICT hub, especially for entrepreneurs and farmers.

A subset of the AeC program is the K-Agrinet Convergence Program led by PCARRD, DAP, DAR, and DA-PhilRice.

The K-Agrinet program aims to integrate the programs and services available in a locality that support the agriculture, forestry, and natural resources sectors.

The K-Agrinet Convergence program for Aklan works on the science and technology intervention for the focus commodity of the PCARRD-Farmersí Information and Technology Services (FITS) in Banga.

Specifically, the program seeks to address the needs for development, improvement and marketing of organic fancy aromatic rice and its products.


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