In May of 2016, shortly after President-elect Rody Duterte named me as his Agriculture Secretary, I immediately embarked on a nation-wide journey which I called “Biyaheng Bukid” which took me to the different parts of the country even before I could officially assume my Cabinet position.
Using an Isuzu pick-up and joined by my brothers, then Mlang Mayor Lito Pinol and Bong who is now my Executive Assistant, we crossed islands from Mindanao to Leyte, Samar, Luzon, Mindoro and Panay.
It was while we were travelling from Kalibo, Aklan to Estancia, Iloilo when I passed by an old farmer who was drying his harvest on the concrete highway in Timpas, Panit-an, Capiz, just a few kilometres away from Roxas City.
I decided to stop and talked to the farmer without introducing myself.
Isidro Dizon, the farmer, complained that he and his group had no drying facilities and that they needed a water pump to irrigate the small patch of rice farm that they have in the area.
After I introduced myself, I promised him that I will be back to provide him the dryer and the water pump.
Yesterday, when I visited Capiz again for the Biyaheng Bukid Forum, this time as a full-fledged Secretary of Agriculture, I was dismayed when I found out that I would not be passing through the same place where I met farmer Isidro Dizon.
Since the Biyaheng Bukid was held in Sigma town, the Biyaheng Bukid team led by Region VI Director Remelyn Recoter took the Jamindan Road on the way to Iloilo Province.
Nevertheless, I instructed the DAF Region VI staff to look for Isidro Dizon when I learned that he was not in the forum.
Before the end of the forum yesterday, they were able to locate him and while I may not be able to deliver my promised help to him personally, DAF Region VI personnel will do it for me.
A promise is a promise.
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