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Thursday, February 20, 2014


IT IS with great pleasure that I accepted the invitation of editor-in-chief Nanette Guadalquiver to be one of the Lifestyle columnists of this paper. I am not new in the field since I was formerly one of the writers of the XL weekly news magazine. I long to put the things in my mind into writing once again. The invitation from Sun.Star Bacolod came at the right time as I am scheduled to leave the government service to the younger generation within the year.

I love information advocacy in the real sense of the word. It runs in my veins. My 17 years in broadcasting with farmers, mothers, youth and the general public as my clients is worth the joy I feel as a government extension worker.

I love to share my experiences as an agriculturist, relating agriculture with health matters to individuals who listen to and read my features.

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My “Gardening Tips,” a segment in the radio magazine Kapanimalay is scheduled every Thursday morning, from 11 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. over DYVS. I thank the Lord for positive feedbacks that warm my heart. It is what matters when we do things in order to inform, right? A saying always comes to mind every time I get a positive reaction for the program. It says, “Our greatest achievements are those that benefit others.”

I was in the field doing extension work for almost five years as farm management technologist, supervising and teaching more than 100 farmers under the Masagana 99 Program. That was for me a fruitful experience. I lived with farmers as ordered by the management and after a year, my foster parents said, “Don’t bring rice anymore.” Why was that? Maybe because their produce increased after a year of my supervision.

Doing things the right way is the key to development. I was then designated as the report officer on the fifth year of my employment under the Bureau of Agricultural Extension. Why again? It was the former report officer’s statement that I did things right as far as reporting was concerned. That was after my supervisor’s declaration in our meeting, “Edna’s report is realistic.” Being a report officer was another hallmark of my government service. It was during that time that an Agricultural Profile data base was realized in the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist (OPA).

My most enjoyable years of service in the government was when I was designated as the public information officer way back in 1995, then as the farmcaster in 1996. Eventually, with the rise of Techno Gabay Program, Farmers’ Information and Technology Services (Fits) Centers were established around the province. The first was that of the OPA in which I was the technology service specialist from 2006-2009. Technical assistance to clients and agri-tourism coordination are part of my job among others at present. Later, I was designated Fits manager.

Now, I am happy to be a part of the print media industry for good. To Him be the glory! (Edna B. Garde)

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on February 20, 2014.

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