A self-made farmer and a passionate leader to her association, Mrs. Ana Maria R. Lao also known as “Dot-dot Lao”, is a resident of Poblacion, Titay, Zamboanga Sibugay. She’s a commerce graduate, a former barangay official but now a full-time farmer and also the Chairman of the Sibugay Vermi Grower Association (SIVERGA).
“Being certified as an organic farm proves that the food we produce and eat is safe from harmful chemicals.”
Rosenda “Rosening” S. Consolacion, a 63-year old organic practitioner, is from Maragang, Tigbao, Zamboanga Del Sur. She was born in March 1, 1954 and was married to her late husband Bonifacio M. Consolacion. The couple was blessed with three children. They were also an active member of their church and an advocate in promoting Organic Agriculture in this municipality.
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.