FIBER FOR LIFE:
MAUNLAD NA AGRIKULTURA
It was a reunion of sort when I decided to drop-by at the office of Cecile Soriano, Administrator of the Fiber Development Authority (FIDA) with Inez Magbual’s presence. Inez, was the head of the Agricultural Information Division (AID), Department of Agriculture (DA) while Cecile was then FIDA’s Assistant Administrator during my stint at DA’s Office of the Secretary’s Board of Personnel Inquiry (BOPI), where I transferred after a brief adventure with General Rodolfo Canieso at the National Intelligence Coordinating Agency (NICA).
(Cecile Soriano being interviewed by Connie Sison. Left inset: Roy, Connie and Inez. Right inset: Cecile, Connie, Inez and Ms. Ramos, daughter of Dir. Bong Ramos, DA)
Inez was asked to produce "Maunlad na Agrikultura" after retirement by then DA Secretary Domingo "Ding" Panganiban, who was our former boss as the Undersecretary with then Secretary Salvador ‘Sonny’ Escudero III and Aber Canlas, former Undersecretary of the DPWH, who was our consultant, when I was with the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) as Senior Executive Assistant of the Deputy Administrator under the watch of then General Orlando "Orly" Soriano, our Administrator during the Ramos Administration.
By the way, I met Mrs. Ming Ramos at NBN last month and she was thankful that the picture of her husband FVR was made part of the backdrop of the show Pilipinas Ngayon Na! where I was commissioned by Undersecretary Robert T. Rivera to do the lay-out. Being an Ilongga who hails from Iloilo, Mrs. Ramos told us: Salamat Gid Kaayo! She repeated the words in a manner eloquently pronounced by hiligaynons when I told her that I sent the General (FVR) his charcoaled painted picture that I made last December thru the wife of Joe Olaer, one of FVR’s staff at his office in Urban Bank, Makati. I was the one drafting FVR’s speeches whenever he is a guest at NIA. General Ramon Ong, a product of Ateneo and PMA, who was then Administrator Soriano’s Head Executive Assistant reviews my draft. He sees to it that the numbers we report are those we promised to accomplish and deliver whenever there are figures in the speeches I prepared. Otherwise, General Ong will get mad if our accomplishment does not tally with what our people reported as compared to the figures we promised to deliver.
HIYAS NG PILIPINAS AND BELLESTAR PRODUCTION –
PILIPINAS NGAYON NA!