From Katas ng Saudi to Katas ng Guimaras: ex-OFW shares story

Posted at Jul 31 2015 01:15 PM | Updated as of Aug 01 2015 04:59 PM

Ramon Marañon

MANILA – A former overseas Filipino worker (OFW) shared how the Aquino government helped him jump-start his business that made working abroad now an option and not a necessity anymore.

Ramon Marañon, now an organic farmer in Guimaras, worked as an OFW in Saudi Arabia and Qatar for 10 years.

Prior to that, he served 17 years as a government employee with the Department of Agriculture's (DA) Bureau of Plant Industry.

"Being an OFW, I bought a property in Guimaras province and slowly developed it. After 7 years, I came home and tested the farm," he said.

As a licensed agriculturist, Marañon decided to manage the farm and took advantage of the DA's organic program.

"I submitted a research proposal and then I got a grant," he said. "Yung total na nakuha ko sa grant mo is more or less P1.5 million at yun ay aking palalaguin at yun ang magiging legacy ko sa iyong administration".

He assured Aquino that he will put the grant to good use.

"Since then, I decided not to work abroad anymore. Instead, [I decided to] develop it [farm] and be a contributor in the catalyst in my micro society by giving employment at the same time helping in food security," he said.

He said the programs and the benefits of the Tuwid na Daan will be more effective if someone will continue what Aquino has started.

"Meron po akong isang hiling sa iyo. Sana po mayroong magpapatuloy sa iyong magandang programa sa Daang Matuwid," he said.

Marañon was among those who gave a speech before President Benigno Aquino III endorsed Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas as his preferred successor for 2016.