MONSANTO PHILIPPINES, UP-COLLABORATE TO PROMOTE SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE


By: ADELA GARAPAN IDA

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Monsanto  Philippines  with  the collaboration  of the University  of  the  Philippiness League  of  Agricultural Biotechnology Students (UP-LABS)  had performed an on-stage play with  the  title “Lina’s Town  Rises Again.”  The  50  students  that  performed  the  play  and  the  teachers  that  attended this  event  came  from  Alabang  Elementary School.  The  venue  was  held  at  the  23rd  Flr. Bulwagang  Haribon, Insular  Life Corporate Center, Muntinlupa City.

 

The  “Lina Town Rises  Again”  is  a true  story  of  a  young lass  hailed  in Sultan Kudarat, Mindanao.  Her family was engaged in farming.  Her father  worked  and  till their  land to plant  some vegetables  and crops  for  their  food consumption  and  for  livelihood  as  well. However, despite  the  hardworks  of  his father  when  harvest  time  comes  the harvest  that  they had  was not  good  that  even for  their  food consumption  was  not enough. Lina wondered and kept nagging her  mother  why this  happened.

 

Again, a  typhoon  hit  their  place  that  caused  flooding  in  the  area.  Their house were destroyed and same with their farms.  The  Local Government  Unit (LGU) helped  them and  put  them  in an evacuation  center  that  housed    them for  a  while.  When  the  typhoon stop  and  the  flood  subsided they  went  back  to  their  place  and  start  a  new life  again.  The borrowed money in order to re-build their house and cope with their daily needs. Until  one  day  to their surprise  her  aunt visited  them  and  gave  some  goods  and  even  cash. Likwise  her aunt  informed them that they  have  a friend who  taught  them to plant  corn  but  they  had  attended  seminars in order  to  learn knowledge about  BIOTECHNOLOGY CORN  called DEKALB,

 

Lina’s  parents  applied  the  knowledge  that  the  learned  about  DEKALB  so  they began  to  plant  corn  using  the new  technology.  To their  surprise, when  the  harvest  time  came,  they have  abundant  harvest  and  that s  were their  FORTUNE  began,  their  lifestyle  completely  change  that  they  become  prosperous.

 

Monsanto  Philippines with  its  Corporate  Engagement Lead Charina Garrido Ocampo initiated  this  activity in order to open the minds  of  the  youth  and challenge  them the  importance  of  Agriculture in  our  society.  We cannot  ignore  the  fact  that  everyday  agriculture  sits  in  in  our  daily  existence  because  the  food  that  we  have  in our  table  comes  from agriculture.  How  can we meet  the  demand  of  food  supply  with  its  tremendous  increase  of  population  throughout  the  world.  We  can  only  attain  this  unless  our government and  its  partner  in  the private  sector  like  the initiatives  of MONSANTO Philippines would  take  actions  to maintain the sufficiency and  food security not only in  our  country  but  to  the  other parts  of  the world  as  well.

 

Monsanto challenge and encourage our youth today in anticipation for a sustainable agriculture in the next generation.  They  have exerted  efforts  and innovations to  promote  agriculture  in  the mindset  of  the youth that  they should  take  agriculture as  a profession.  That’s why  they  were  able  to penetrate  in  some  schools  in Quezon City, Ilo-Ilo,  Davao  and some  parts  of  Mindanao

 

During the Presscon Monsanto Corporate Lead. Ms Chat Ocampo introduced MS. RACHEL LOMIBAO as Monsanto Commercial Lead for the Philippines.

 

She is a graduate of degree in B.S. Communication at the University of the Philippines and have a Masteral Degree in Business Administration in the Ateneo Graduate School.

 

Miss Lomibao is the first Filipina woman appointed Leader in Agricultural Biotechnology.  With  her  strong  leadership skills  and business technical  skills she capable of achieving  the  highest  level  of  excellence  MONSANTO entrusted to  her. #

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Author: tuklasinnatin

A Journalist and served government for 20 years. A community organizer who rose from a clan of artists and novelists.

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