Five state universities and colleges (SUC) in Philippines are set to receive 6.5 million pesos from the Open Academy for Philippine Agriculture (OPAPA) to develop an e-Learning and distance education programme for the country's agricultural extension workers.
The e-Learning modules will mainly cover rice production, as well as two other products indigenous to the location of the five recipient SUCs. The schools in turn will digitise their production guides into one-page fact sheets that will be posted at the OPAPA website (http://www.openacademy.ph). An online community of the SUCs will also be formed and will link with local government units and extension workers with farmers' cooperatives. The online community will serve as test beds for various other ICT programs of the OPAPA. The SUCs will also serve as ICT training facilities for OPAPA's other projects and also as information portal for agricultural experts and extension workers near their location. They would answer queries either through e-mail, phone calls or mobile text messaging.