It was 2014 when I attended the launching program of a Learning Site in Barangay D. Alarcio in Laoac, Pangasinan. I was amazed when I found out that the farm was owned by Domingo Dulay who had been a professor for 35 years.
I immediately considered him my uncle because I am formerly ‘Ms. Dulay’ and my hometown in Aringay, La Union is where he was born and stayed during his bachelor years. I call him ‘Tatay Doming.’
Self-motivation is her primary investment in achieving better living. She believes that age is not a barrier to technology and learning. She is a living testament that age is not an impediment to success.
In today’s technologically-driven society, millennials seem to be more inclined to seek jobs in the cityscape. However, a group of young farmers in our countryside are stepping up, hoping to create a revolution by going against the grain and aiming for the sustainable.
Part of this group is 21-year-old Rudy Concepcion II of Cauayan, Isabela. For him, agriculture is key to securing the future of the next generations, despite what other young people might perceive of it.
The Master in Public Management major in Rural Development (MPM-RD) is an 18-month scholarship program that seeks to foster the rural development initiatives in the Philippines. The program scholars are permanent employees from three major rural development-oriented government agencies namely: Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), and Department of Agriculture (DA). Scholars are purposefully selected to stand as informed development managers who will help in decision-making for an efficient implementation of countryside development.