Field of Dreams: Dr. Angelito Bagui on Building His Legacy in Agriculture
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Dr. Lito Bagui on Building His Legacy in Agriculture

Dr. Lito Bagui on Building His Legacy in Agriculture

Business & Career | May 7, 2022
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Growing up in a family of farmers has inspired Dr. Angelito Bagui to work hard. Now, he aims to inspire fellow farmers on a national level.

Dr. Angelito “Lito” Bagui is the son of a farmer. “He is my idol in farming,” Lito shares fondly. Having witnessed his father’s hard work from a young age, he proudly shares how it has shaped the way he led his life. “His perseverance gave me [the] passion to also pursue pig and crop farming. I am proud to continue the legacy of my father.”

Said perseverance kept him prepared for moments of crisis, where he applied risk mitigation and applied principles of adaptability.

On Building His Own Legacy

Meanwhile, Lito himself is establishing a mighty legacy of his own in the local agricultural sector. He currently serves as Chairperson for the Cooperative Union of Batangas (CUB), Sorosoro Ibaba Development Cooperative (SIDC), Southern Tagalog Union of Cooperative (STUC), and Batangas City Cooperative Development Council (BCCDC).

Additionally, he sits on the Board of Directors for the Cooperative Union of the Philippines (CUP). All these positions allow him to exact change on a national level, as he aims to improve the lives of Filipinos and Filipino farmers.

Advocacies and Wise Words of Advice

According to Lito, managing his day-to-day responsibilities all boils down to having good time management. “I make sure that all my responsibilities are acted upon accordingly.” Likewise, he believes in the idea of delegation—thus allowing more people to participate and have their ideas heard. For his personal responsibilities, a secretary keeps track of his meetings and conferences to help him fulfill his obligations properly.

Constituents, on the other hand, are given enough time and attention in order to address problems and possible issues. “We help them acquire sustainable food for their families through farming, which is one of my advocacies as a public servant,” he explains.

When it comes to aspiring agricultural entrepreneurs, he only demands that their intentions are true. “Be themselves and know the desire of their hearts,” he opines. Lito believes that people should have a sincere passion for where their food comes from and his personal life verse illustrates it perfectly: “Sa bukid walang magugutom basta masipag ka lamang.”

[Rough Translation: “In the farms, no one goes hungry, as long as they are hardworking.”]

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