Tel Aviv, Israel — A total of 638 Filipino student-trainees graduated from Israel’s Agrostudies Program on September 2, 2019 at the Jerusalem International Convention Center.
The Philippines has maintained its position as the country with the most number of graduates for this year’s Agrostudies Program, which also hosted a thousand other agriculture students from 13 other countries in Asia and Africa.
Philippine Embassy in Tel Aviv Charge d’ Affaires, a.i. Randy Arquiza, representing the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and the various State University presidents, graced the graduation ceremony and distributed the certificates of completion to the Filipino graduates.
The Filipino students from different agriculture universities and colleges in the Philippines completed their 11-month course of combined academic and practical courses covering the latest agro-based technology and techniques 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 for 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.
Excellence in Extra-Curricular Activities awards were received by Filipino students–Marthin Mistica of Laguna State Polytechnic University (LSPU) Los Banos Campus, Leah Cawad of Aurora State College of Technology (ASCOT), Ronald Lantano of Tarlac Agricultural University (TAU), Jemve Rebutabo of University of Southeastern Philippines (USeP).
Roy R. Baldovino, Agrostudies Program 2017-2018 graduate from the Visayas State University, captured second place, taking home in the Agriculture Enterprise Contest bagging Second (2nd) Place and a prize of US $5,000 worth of agricultural equipment or consultation hours.
This year is the 14th batch of Filipino student-trainees of the Agrostudies Program in Israel. Since 2005, the Philippines has sent a total of 4,534 Filipino student-trainees to Israel to participate in this program.
The Embassy considers the Agrostudies Program an important pillar of Philippines-Israel development cooperation in the field of agriculture.