EX-DRIVER IN SAUDI KNEW HOW TO SAVE AND INVEST HIS MONEY: Memoir Of An Agri Journalist

Roy Angcaco planted Healer 101 hybrid corn
Every time thereโ€™s a gathering and they ask me about inspiring stories about OFWs, the name of Roy Angcaco always comes to mind. I interviewed him in Carmen, North Cotabato in March 2011 for an article.

In 1990, Roy went to Saudi Arabia to become a truck driver soon after finishing a vocational course in Automotive. A furniture company hired him as a driver for a measly monthly pay equivalent to P12,000. A few years later, a Korean who operated a restaurant hired him with a salary of P20,000 a month.

His main job was to deliver food ordered from the restaurant. When he was not delivering food, he was asked to help in the kitchen. And that was where he learned to cook Chinese, Korean and Japanese food.

Roy was so good in cooking Japanese food that a Japanese restaurant hired him to be the head chef with a salary of P40,000 a month. Being frugal and a bachelor during his 10 years in Saudi Arabia, Roy was able to save much of his income.

Soon, however, he became homesick because he was not able to attend the burial of his grandmother and his father. With his savings, he thought he could survive in his native Carmen.

Upon his return in 2000, he immediately bought 12 hectares of land for P180,000 so he could start farming. That year he also got married.

At the time of our interview, he combined farming and trading. He planted hybrid corn in his farm and operated a rice store for retailing and wholesaling. He was selling then an average of 50 sacks a day. His rice store, he said, was contributing to his success in agribusiness. Many landowners mortgaged their land to him so that he was able to plant crops other than corn.

During our interview, he had a standing crop of sugarcane on 21 hectares mortgaged to him. In another area, he had a standing crop of rice on five hectares. Three years later, he expected to start harvesting from 6,600 rubber trees that he planted earlier on nine hectares that he owned.

Roy Angcaco planted hybrid corn as his main crop. But he also had rice and sugarcane.
Well, isnโ€™t this an inspiring story of an OFW who knew how to save and to invest what he earned abroad?

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