Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Monsanto PH Teaching the Significance of Ag-Biotech to the Youth of Cagayan Valley

Monsanto Philippines recently reached out to more than 250 students of Tuguegarao West Cental School in Cagayan and conducted an educational session through story-telling of Lina’s Town Rises again, Corporate Engagement Lead of Monsanto Philippines and author of Lina’s Town Rises Again, Charina Garrido-Ocampo imparted the importance of agricultural biotechnology as a solution to feed a growing nation. “We, at Monsanto wanted to educate young minds to engage in agriculture because we are an agricultural country and 32% of our population are into agriculture,” she pointed out. 

Through the animation viewing of the story which emphasizes on the positive impact of biotech corn (Dekalb®) in the lives of Filipino farmers, Monsanto Philippines wanted to encourage children to embrace farming and the products of agricultural biotechnology as a means of transforming farmers’ lives and farming communities. 

Monsanto PH Corporate Engagement Lead, Ms. Charina Garrido-Ocampo (center left) and CE Officer, Ms. Paulyne Ordillo (center right) as they were welcomed by DepEd personnel headed by OIC Mrs. Laura Taguinod from Tuguegarao West Central School last October 25, 2017.
Inspired from the success-story of farmer Consolacion Reyes from Lambayog, Sultan Kudarat on how her family and the whole farming community were able to recover from economic loss brought about by the devastations of typhoon Pablo. The story also highlights the benefits of agricultural biotechnology and conveys the message of hope, strength, and courage in the face of adversity. This makes the story more relatable to the students as Tuguegarao experienced devastations from two successive typhoons that massively struck the region this year. 

Meanwhile, the school’s OIC, Mrs. Laura Tagunod highly appreciated this initiative as a means of developing children’s appreciation on farming and agriculture. “After this session, I know there will be additional colorful pages added to your own storybook in life, what matters most is the learning gained, therefore keep on reading and you’ll keep on learning,” she stressed.

At the end of the story-telling session, the pupils were very much entertained and have shown interest in agriculture as they have cheerfully engaged in the question and answer portion. 

About Monsanto Philippines
Monsanto Philippines is a local unit of Monsanto, a Fortune 500 global power company with a diverse portfolio of advanced biotechnology products produced in 404 facilities in 66 countries. To date, Monsanto Philippines has four facilities spread out across the country, which includes its head office in Alabang, a Refuge-in-a-Bag (RIB) Plant and cold warehouse located in Bulacan, and an R&D station in Mindanao. The company also has partnerships with the Philippine government through the Department of Agriculture as well as the local scientific and academic communities in the promotion of modern agricultural biotechnology. To learn more, please visit www.monsanto.ph.

About Monsanto
Monsanto is committed to bringing a broad range of solutions to help nourish our growing world. We produce seeds for fruits, vegetables and key crops – such as corn, soybeans, sorghum, canola, and cotton – that help farmers have better harvests while using water and other important resources more efficiently. We work to find sustainable solutions for soil health, help farmers use data to improve farming practices and conserve natural resources, and provide crop protection products to minimize damage from pests and disease. Through programs and partnerships, we collaborate with farmers, researchers, nonprofit organizations, universities and others to help tackle some of the world’s biggest challenges.

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