Five associations signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with FPA for the conduct of education, training and motivation programs for agricultural pesticide applicators (CPA), Responsible Care Officers (ARCO) and Researchers, on April 16.
The Philippine Association of Certified Pesticide Applicators (PACPA), PMCP Foundation Inc., the Philippine Association of Entomologists, Inc. (PAE), and the Philippine Association of Professional Fumigators, Inc.(PAPFI) renewed their contract. In addition to the list, a new partner training association, the Kapisanan ng mga Pest Control Operators saPilipinas, Inc. (KAPESCOPI), was welcomed by FPA.
The MOU delineates the shared responsibility for training management between the two interested parties.
FPA will provide application forms to the applicants; monitor the proceedings of the training course; administer the examination for Certification/Accreditation, and provide the basic training requirements in the form of guidelines and parameters for the training course.
On the other hand, the training associations have the responsibility to provide supervision and management over the training course; provide resource persons as required in the program; evaluate the applicants using the eligibility criteria set forth by the FPA; provide the needed materials, manuals and supplies, including certificates and other paraphernalia needs in the training program; and, collect reasonable fees to defray the cost of food, material, resource speakers, management, etc.
Further, they should evaluate the participants’ training performance based on the criteria set forth by FPA; and submit to FPA a training report which shall include the following: program, resource speakers, the result of the evaluation of participants’ training performance and financial report a week after the training has been conducted.
The training associations have been tapped given their technical and management capabilities to conduct training and symposium. They should be willing to assist and provide FPA with the necessary training support services in its accreditation activities.
It has to be taken note that only applicants who have attended the required training courses shall be allowed to take the FPA accreditation examinations.
“Go beyond your purpose of doing business by serving the public and the agricultural sector. Your business must have more meaning,” advised Executive Director Wilfredo Roldan during the MOU Program Signing.