FROM kiddie book to animation, this is how a children’s book entitled “Lina’s Town Rises Again” of Charina Garrido-Ocampo evolved.

Nothing can ever compare how dedicated Chat Ocampo to her job in Monsanto and as a mother of two who cares in attaining food security for the country.

As she continued her journey in Monsanto, she constantly partnered with different organizations to ensure that the public understands the importance of modern science in agriculture and achieve the goal of her company to improve the lives of Filipino farmers by increasing their yield through the use of science.

She was inspired to make a short story of a success story of a farmer from Mindanao. Indeed, as she is hopeful and convinced that through modern science, the Philippines will able to attain food security, not only for Filipinos of today but for the next generations.

As part of the Corporate Social Responsibility of Monsanto Philippines, Ms. Ocampo as the Corporate Communications Lead donated 600 Lina’s Town Rises Again children’s book in Tuguegarao, Cagayan.

Monsanto’s Corporate Affairs Head Chat Garrido-Ocampo (4th from left) and Association of Librarians in the Public Sector (ALPS) President Michael Pinto (5th from left) turn over 600 copies of Monsanto’s children’s book to Cagayan’s municipal librarians.

In an exclusive interview of  Tuklasin Natin with Michael Pinto in Hotel Roma in Tuguegarao, Cagayan. Mr. Pinto said that the donation of children’s book to 6 municipal libraries will be definitely enhance the reading comprehension and awareness in agriculture and biotechnology of the pupils.

Michael Pinto interview MICHAEL PINTO

Mr. Pinto was the Provincial Learning Center & Resource Center Head in Cagayan, the current President of the Philippine Librarians Association Inc. and one of the Board Members of the Association of Librarians in Public Sector.

Mike Pinto said that part of their advocacy is to help the municipal library and other barangay reading centers in the promotion and enhancement of library service in their province. He disclosed that out of 29 municipalities only 6 public libraries are present in Cagayan province. This is the reason why they reach out municipal mayors to realize the value of story books and enhanced the ability of the pupils.

“With the partnership with Monsanto Philippines, out of many provinces in the country at this time meron po tumutulong dito sa Cagayan and very very happy kasi po hindi lang po yung support through the activity that we have but even donation of the books”, Pinto said.

Mike Pinto in his final statement said, “This is a good opportunity for us, shooting two birds in one stone, very short yet meaningful because we able to have collection of kiddie books and the children will be expose in reading agriculture story. Kung lahat lang ng kumpanya sa Pilipinas katulad ng Monsanto, walang batang mapapariwara sa lansangan.”

Mr. Pinto announce that the National Convention of Public Librarians will be held on June 20-23, 2017 at Tuguegarao, Cagayan. Said event is first time meeting of all public librarians of the country to be able to identify how to enhance the service of public libraries nationwide which caters all walks of life especially the out of school youth, students, drivers and among others. (Cathy Cruz)


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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