In Ligao City, Albay, Vera Shane Dy Placides is living her childhood dream of serving Filipino farmers as a local agriculture technician in the city agriculture office. 

Her commitment to her dream led her to engage in training programs, including the training of trainers on the production of inbred rice, seed certification, and farm mechanization, as well as the Rice Specialist Training Course under the Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund  Rice Extension Services Program.

Through these training programs, Vera said that she acquired valuable knowledge and skills to assist farmers in diagnosing and managing rice field problems. 

She became adept at addressing inquiries on nutrient and pest management, sharing her expertise on selecting the right rice variety, land preparation, and modern farming techniques. 

Farmers in her area frequently sought her recommendations on fertilizer application, including the right elements, amount, and timing.

Vera’s dream of serving the farmers goes back in her teen years. Despite her parents’ hopes for her to pursue a different path, Vera’s heart was set on agriculture, and she eagerly pursued a bachelor’s degree in agronomy at Central Bicol State University of Agriculture in Pili, Camarines Sur.

After completing her studies, Vera gained experience as a technical assistant in the Organic Agriculture Program at the Agricultural Training Institute in Regional Training Center 5. However, her perspective shifted during a visit to Ruskin, Florida, USA, where she worked as a greenhouse operations technician at Sundance Growers, Inc. Witnessing the advanced farm machinery and lush rice fields in California sparked a realization within her.

“I couldn’t help but think about our local farmers. If they had access to the right practices and farm machinery like those I saw, their yields and income would surely increase,” Vera said.

Feeling unsatisfied with her work in Florida, Vera returned to the Philippines after two years to pursue her dream. When she learned of a job opening in the local agriculture office, she seized the opportunity and was hired without hesitation.

“The RCEF training programs equip extension workers like me to serve the nation. These give me confidence to conduct field work and share the knowledge I’ve gained,” Vera said.

With her unwavering commitment and newfound expertise, Vera is living her dream. Her dedication and passion continue to drive her to serve as a champion for farmers and the agricultural sector.

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Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) is a government corporate entity attached to the Department of Agriculture created through Executive Order 1061 on 5 November 1985 (as amended) to help develop high-yielding and cost-reducing technologies so farmers can produce enough rice for all Filipinos.

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