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Our country’s agricultural sector is a significant contributor to the nation’s income. Thus, farmers play a crucial role in the economic growth of the Philippines. In recent years, due to the changes in climate, a shift in the human lifestyle brought about by the advancement of technology and modernization, an increase in the cost of raw materials, etc., farming is slowly declining in terms of revenue, value for the work, and its people.

photo credit to Œla Marfil Sullano | Facebook

 

In the country, not all farmers own land to cultivate and grow their products, may it be rice, crops, vegetables, fruits, etc. Most of them are working as caretakers or tenants of the huge farm of their landlords. A sad truth, most farmers hardly earn a good income to support and feed his family. He plants and grows rice, but he doesn’t have enough supply of rice for his own family and, worst, can barely eat a decent meal. Most landlords give below minimum salary for their farmers, without any other benefits, such as medical assistance, whenever they get sick of overworking on their farm.

photo credit to Œla Marfil Sullano | Facebook

Other people may devalue and may not appreciate the effort that farmers do, but to a daughter’s eyes, her father is the best of all, as he is working hard just to send her to school and support her in reaching her dreams.

Ela Marfil Sullano, graduated from St. Vincent College of Science and Technology in Iloilo City, completing her high school with medals and certificates for Academic Excellence Award with High Honors.

photo credit to Œla Marfil Sullano | Facebook

The lass happily and proudly shared on her Facebook, the photos of her graduation with her father on her who made everything possible. Despite her eagerness to help her father in farming, he just wanted her to give full attention and focus on her studies so that she can be successful someday.

Ela might still be far from her dream of becoming a CPA, but it’s not impossible that together with her father’s hard work, and support for her, they eventually reach the summit of their goals in life.

Many netizens were inspired by Ela’s heart, that she was so proud to tell the world that her father is a farmer and nothing to be ashamed of it.

Nakapagtapos ako dahil sa dugo’t pawis ng aking ama

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