“COVID-19 can’t deter our will to strengthen our organization and to reach out to other farmers” says Fred Paris and Arthur Jurada http://agroecophilippines.org/great-organic-farmer/, two of the great farmer-leaders of PCT North Cotabato, the oldest provincial formation of our network of organized farmers, during their recently concluded 2-day Yearly Planning held at New Rizal Parish, Mlang.
The activity was facilitated by Jun Galenzoga, Focal Person of Agro-Eco Philippines for Organizational Development, Gender and Social Enterprise.
The farmers in North Cotabato particularly those under the Diocese of Kidapawan are noted to be the earliest adapters of organic farming in the Philippines. They’ve started even earlier than the time of Fr. Tullio Favali, and this kind of commitment has not deterred throughout the decades that followed. Every time we visit them, we see the same fires in their eyes, their strong conviction on advocacy http://davaotoday.com/main/environment/north-cot-environmental-coalition-hails-sc-ruling-vs-bt-talong/, the genuine smiles on their faces, their sense of humor and charisma, and their wealth of imaginations which is typical to many “IGs and FBIs”. If you haven’t heard of these abbreviations yet, it simply means Ilongo Gid and Full-Blooded Ilongo.
But what always inspire us every time we discuss with them is their openness to new ideas and their will to continue innovating http://agroecophilippines.org/the-social-benefits-of-consuming-organic-rice/ on top of what they have already been doing for the past decades. More than half of them are senior citizens already but this isn’t really a problem on their part, as compared to many other Filipino farmers, because they’re developing new and younger leaders in the person of John Raymund Jurada http://agroecophilippines.org/he-made-the-right-decision-of-his-life-become-a-farmer/ and the Young Organic Farmers of Buayan http://agroecophilippines.org/kids-4-sdgs-rooting-for-childrens-rights/.
Welcome to the team, Abe!