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Philippines: A school for farmers, including one in the city

Sen. Cynthia Villar urges landowners to put up their own schools for farmers, one school in every town for the convenience of farmer-trainees.

Let our school serve as a model for owners of farms and idle lands to set up their farm schools, train our farmers to improve their incomes and become agricultural entrepreneurs,” Senator Villar insists.

By Jullie Yap Daza
Manila Bulletin
August 28, 2016


To practice what she has been preaching, Senator Villar put up her family’s Sipag Farm School, not in some out-of-the-way place but just 10 minutes from her home in Las Piñas. The school, at the boundary of Las Piñas and Bacoor City, sits in the middle of a seven-hectare property where fruit trees, bamboo, vegetables like eggplant and squash, herbs, orchids, and even wild flowers grow – it’s hard to imagine this patch of green in an urban setting, especially when you hear the roar of Molino Dam, a mini- Niagra Falls, whenever rain swells the tributaries from Cavite and Laguna and sends the cafe au lait-brown flood waters rushing and thundering past the senator’s cottage, under her feet, inches from the swimming pool.

An ideal weekend resort, perhaps, this cottage complete with a kitchen and a large living room to double up as dining and meeting room, but there’s no bedroom. “What for?” the lady asks. “My house is right over there.”

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