Who’s always there?

Some people get more by doing less, which is okay if they are efficient, but it is not always the case with some public officials.

One public official once told me that when there is a committee hearing for their local council, not every member shows up.

But those council members who were absent would be asking questions about the proposed ordinance or resolution that was tackled already in the committee hearing, thus, prolonging the session and the approval of the measure.

I would like to remind these public officials that your duty goes beyond the weekly council sessions.

Do not act like your salaries are not enough, that you get overworked for little pay.

Deliberation during the session would be lessened if committee members attend the hearings instead of just waiting for the session day to act like they’re doing something.

My friends – The Capiz Times Operations Manager Edalyn Acta and Lola Amy Miñoza – went to Amaga, Sigma recently to meet with Rolando Deondo Jr who manages Deondo’s Farm.

The farm is accredited by the Agricultural Training Institute of the Department of Agriculture wherein the former focuses on livestock and farming and training farmers and young agriculturists.

The farm, created in 2018, is home to chickens, pigs, ducks, fruit trees, cacao, gabi, among others.

They also do breeding, fattening, and sell lechon.

They plan to go into mushroom production soon.

Deondo said something that has made so much sense to me.

“Mabalik kita sa pananom bisan ano ang obrahon. Bisan may isa ka hectare [lang] buhi ka. Mabuhi ang pamilya sa agriculture,” he said.

With TV shows and sporting events postponed and operations of bars stopped, farming continues. I realized that some people did not see the worth of farming.

Just because farming is not as glamorous or entertaining or clean looking, it does not mean that people should take it for granted.

That is why I am glad that farmers are still here to help us.*