Dizon grew up in a farm at Bongabon, Nueva Ecija where rice, onion, cabbage and other vegetables are the main crops.His high school days were spent in the mountainside of Sabani Estate Agricultural College, Gabaldon, Nueva Ecija where he concurrently worked in the poultry, piggery and vegetable project of the school.As a working student, he was able to save enough money to pay for his 1st and 2nd year tertiary education at Central Luzon State University where he earned his BS Agriculture specializing in soil and fertilizer with highest honors. His breakthrough in the field of agriculture about grapes, durian, rambutan, mangosteen, lanzones, lychees, longans, imported and local mangoes, Davao pummelo, and other exotic fruit trees were published in national newspapers, and magazines.His technologies were even used as references in radio stations and TV programs.In his history of National Fruits Research and Development Team pf Philippine Council for Agricultural Research and Development (PCCARD), Department of Science and Technology, he is the only fruit specialist who is a non-UP, non Ph.D. member.He was also a resource speaker-lecturer on the production of high value fruits of Technology and Livelihood Resources Center (TLRC) under the Office of the President of the Philippines.A multi-awarded agriculturist, he is the first Ulirang Ama Awardee in the field of agriculture as Father of Modern Plant Technology.During the Marcos regime, he planted grapes and other fruit trees at the Malacañang grounds to support the First Lady Imelda Marcos' Green Revolution Project.Former First Lady Ming Ramos ordered the transfer of big trees of rambutan, lychee, longan and others from the author's former UP BLISS Economic Garden for her Clean and Green Project.All of these trees are now growing well at the Malacañang ground.He also provided technical know-how in propagating a million grafted seedlings of carabao mango, durian, lychee, longan and longkong for a big company in Negros.Every Sunday, he gives free lectures and pointers at his fruits showcase at DENR-PAWB-Dizon Botanic Fruit Garden and Techno-Demo Center at the Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife, North Avenue, Diliman, Quezon City.And to ensure the continuity of his vision to improve the condition of our country's fruit tree industry, he passed on the knowledge to his eldest son Gary S. Dizon, a BS Agriculture graduate of Gregorio Araneta University Foundation.And to further pursue this endeavor, he wrote and published Practical Guide to Backyard or Orchard Farming, this book as a guide in backyard and orchard farming.With these breakthroughs, the author should be rich now but his own countrymen exploited him.In his desire to promote planting of high value fruit trees in different provinces of the country, he was deceived by several businessmen and other influential individuals to tie up with them. Although there are many lucrative offers from big plantations in the country and abroad as consultant, the author chooses to remain independent in his struggle for the betterment of the fruit industry and live in a low cost housing BLISS project of the government besides his first fruit paradise.The author is rich in breakthroughs and superior varieties of fruit trees that can be reproduced in millions or billions of seedlings for the government's food production program.A Ph.D. Thai who graduated from CLSU commented that if only the author is in Thailand, he should be very rich now.With his breakthroughs, he would be congratulated by the King of Thailand and would be fully supported financially and morally.
After the encounter with Mr. Dizon, I decided to consult with the Mayors of the Second District of Cebu and other knowledgeable people in agriculture on the matter of fruit production.All the people I consulted were enthusiastic about the idea of encouraging the people of the 2nd district to plant fruit trees.Thus, the Fruit Tree Planting Project in the 2nd District of Cebu came about.The Fruit Tree Planting Project is now a joint venture project of the municipalities of the 2nd district, the Department of Agriculture Region VII, the Farmers Scientist Training Program Participants, Department of Environment and Natural Resources Region VII and this humble representation with Ka Bernie Dizon as our consultant and inspiration.
They call him Dr. Dizon, believing that he has a PhD degree.After all, he is a noted agronomist who specializes in oranges, grapes and other fruits.And when friends who know his educational background dispute his qualifications, he would reply that he in fact is a PhD graduate of UE - not University of the East because it has no college of agriculture, but University of Experience.
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