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In San Nicolas, Ilocos Norte: GIP turns young lady into an agriculturist


That experience is the best teacher is an adage Rochelle Sagun proved by being an intern under the Department of Labor and Employment’s Government Internship Program (GIP). 

The twenty-two-year-old resident of San Nicolas, Ilocos Norte recalled that the GIP played an important part in her landing a job at the Municipal Agriculture Office (MAO).  

The GIP, which is an employment-bridging program, provides deserving youth the chance to pursue a career in government.  During their internship, the interns have the chance to showcase their exemplary skills, talents and work attitude in public service.  In turn, they receive 75 percent of the applicable minimum or hiring rate in the agency or local government unit they are assigned as stipend.  

Rochelle served as intern at the agriculture office from May 2018 to November 2018, and on the last month of her internship, she passed the licensure examination for agriculturists. 

Then in February this year, Rochelle became a permanent Agricultural Technologist at the agriculture office. 

It is a job that fits her well, having graduated from the degree Bachelor of Science in Agriculture major in Agronomy from the Don Mariano Marcos State University, Batac City in 2017. 

Her first job puts her in a better economic situation as she now has a regular source of income.  But most importantly, she is now on the right track to pursuing a promising career in the field of agriculture. 

“I feel so blessed with this opportunity to be able to really apply my course and contribute in improving agriculture in my own municipality,” Rochelle said. 

Rochelle said that she is now in a position to help farmers by training and assisting them regarding the latest agricultural technologies and practices.  Part of this is visiting farms and production demo sites for benchmarking; conducting information dissemination activities, and extending agricultural services. 

She recalled that her GIP experience gave her a more concrete vision of her chosen profession. 

“The program helped me hone my potentials and develop a positive attitude.  Most of all, it has deepened my desire to use what I have to help our local farmers,” Rochelle said. 

The young agriculturist is the second among the three children of a construction worker and a housekeeper.  END/Arly Sta. Ana-Valdez with report from Leonavella Duldulao, DOLE-INFO

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