Farmers and students alike finally graduate on the School-on-the-Air (SOA) on Palayamanan at the Lal-lo National High School on January 17, 2014.
Just like any other graduation, the venue was filled with both anticipation and anxiety as they were about to receive their certificates for having been able to successfully complete the School-on-the-Air on Palayamanan which is a tripartite project of the Department of Agriculture-Agricultural Training Institute Region II (DA-ATI R2), the Cagayan State University-Lal-lo Campus (CSU_Lal-lo), and the Local Government Unit (LGU) of Lal-lo.
Palayamanan was coined from two Filipino words “palay” which means rice and “yaman” which means wealth. It is a concept which advocates for the full utilization of a given farm land and the diversification of crops which would ultimately lead the farmers into other sources of income such as poultry, livestock and fishpond. This means that not any part of the land should be idle.
This concept, although has been in the market for some time now, is not being supported by our farmers primarily due to the insufficiency of knowledge regarding this technology and the mentality which inhibits us from trying something new. This is the reason why the idea of the School-on-the-Air on Palayamanan program came up – to reach out, not only to our farmers but also to our students, re-introduce to them the concept, educate them of its many benefits and eventually, encourage them to adopt the technology. And what better way to do it than to use the influence of radio? Engr. Lorenzo Caranguian, Regional Technical Director on Operation of DA-RO2 said in his speech as the representative of Dir. Lucrecio Alviar, Jr., as the Guest Speaker during the SOA graduation that “radio extends beyond boundaries.” It reaches to a wider scope of the masses.
Mr. Fernando Urcia, Jr. of Barangay Lalafugan, this Municipality, who emerged as the Most Outstanding Farmer gave a message during the said event. Honored guests during the SOA graduation include Engr. Lorenzo Caranguian, Dir. Renato A. Maguigad, Center Director of DA-RTC 02, Romeo R. Quilang, Ph.D., CSU President, Atty. Honorato Carag, Jr., CSU Vice President, Marcelo R. Raquepo, Ph.D., Campus Executive Officer (CEO) of CSU Lal-lo, Mr. Jimmy Bacuyag, In-Charge of Office-Municipal Agriculture Office, and Mr. Federico C. Arteta, Private Secretary to the Mayor.
“Kung ano pong programa ang angkop sa magsasaka, kami ay kasama.” These were the words of Dr. Quilang during the event who happens to be a farmer himself. He posted a challenge on both the farmers and the students, to extend and apply whatever they have learned. To know and to practice what you know are two entirely different things. What is more important than learning is to be able to use that learning to better yourself and enhance your productivity.
During the event, 10 most outstanding student and farmer-listeners were acknowledged and were able to receive lofty prizes which include certificates, mugs, trophies, shovel, bolo, cacao seeds, and certified palay seeds. Dir. Renato Maguigad also announced that day that Mr. Fernando Urcia, the Most Outstanding Farmer will be included in the Training of Trainers for him to be one of the farmer-leaders in the Province.
Indeed, the event and program itself was a success. Not only did they gain knowledge but they did gain friends as well. Hopefully, the Palayamanan concept will be adopted by more people in the nearest future.
By Rebecca Bautista