The animated version of the only children’s book in the country which attempts to explain agricultural biotechnology to young kids continues to captivate public elementary school children from Magallanes Elementary School and Bolton Elementary School in Davao City.
More than fifty students recently trooped to the Department of Education (DepEd) Library Hub in Davao City to watch the said animation which talks about a town in Mindanao that was totally devastated by a typhoon but recovered and prospered when the town folks started planting biotech corn.
The story which was authored by Legacy Monsanto Philippines Corporate Affairs Lead, Chat Garrido-Ocampo, was inspired by the true story of Aling Conching Reyes from Lambayong, Sultan Kudarat. Aling Conching lost everything to Typhoon Frank in 2008 but still stuck to farming and was able to recover and succeed in life.
When Ocampo met Aling Conching, she was moved to write about the latter.“ I really felt Aling Conching’s inspiring story had to be told because not only did she get herself out of the claws of poverty through farming but she was also able to help an entire town transform from a life of poverty to that of prosperity,” Ocampo said.
Meantime, DepEd Library Hub Librarian Rosalie Antipuesto said that the animation is a creative way of helping children have a basic understanding of agricultural biotechnology while stirring them to look at agriculture as an interesting and promising field.
“By listening to the story, the kids were able to appreciate better the work of our farmers.” Said Antipuesto. “The kids were also inspired by how Aling Conching became successful through hard work and because her unfailing faith in God. The story effectively shared a lot of important lessons to guide these kids.”
It has been eight years since Legacy Monsanto Philippines first conducted story-telling sessions based on Aling Conching’s story. “When the book came out in 2011, we started our story-telling activities and we have already reached more than 10,000 kids since then,’ said Ocampo. ‘Hopefully, Aling Conching’s story will find it’s way in classroom discussions as an excellent example of how people and communities can prosper through modern agriculture.”