“Some people dream of success, while others wake up and work hard at it.”
Agriculture is the most beneficial, helpful, and honorable occupation of a man. Mr. Placido Pamesa Jr., a farmer for the past 26 years, shares how farming aided him to become successful.
Mr. Placido is a son of former irrigators' association president Mr. Placido Pamesa Sr. and Mrs. Consuelita Pamesa. He was the only one of five siblings who followed in father's footsteps. “Bata pa lang ako may NIA na at alam ko na malaki ang naitulong nito sa tatay ko at sa pamilya namin”.
He started farming at the age of 24 in a 1.6 hectares rice field as a tenant. “Tanda ko gumigising ako ng ala-una ng umaga para magsaka, dadalhan na lang ako ni misis ng almusal pag may araw na, ito na ang ibinuhay ko sa sarili kong pamilya, napag aral ko ang tatlo naming anak, meron na akong anak na teacher at ang isa naman ay electrician”, he proudly shared.
Mr. Placido is grateful with the help of NIA’s irrigation because their rice and other crops continue to thrive due to dufficient supply of irrigation. “Hindi na namin kailangan maghintay sa tubig ulan na minsan wala pang kasiguraduhan” he stated.
As time passes, he was able to acquire farm machineries such as a hand tractor, blower, and thresher. He is also an owner of a rice mill for the past five years. During our conversation, he reminisced about his family's situation, “dati nagsisiksikan kami ng pamilya ko sa isang maliit na bahay, walang kwarto at kusina, ngayon nakapagpatayo na ako ng mas malaking bahay, meron na din kaming bodega at rice mill” he said. He even purchased two boats, which he uses to supplement their family's income.
The man who manages to wake up early every day to till his lands gladly said “Ngayon hindi ko na kailangan gumising ng sobrang aga para pumunta sa palayan kasi mayroon na akong mga tao na nagtratrabaho para sakin”. He was able to extend help to other by providing them opportunities and employment.
To sum it all up, Mr. Placido stated that he would not have achieved all that he has now without his hard work and perseverance, as well as with the assistance of NIA in providing efficient irrigation systems. “
Hindi lang ako ang natulungan ng patubig ng NIA kundi lahat ng miyembro ng aming samahan”
Kawayan-Alitap Irrigators’ Association, Inc.
Kawayan-Alitap CIS, Brgy. Alitap, Mauban, Quezon