What most people would probably remember about Guimaras is that it is the province whose aquatic resources have been poisoned by one of the worse oil spills in the history of the country.
For Elias Sustituido however, not even a drop of the tons of oil that have been spilled into the sea about two years ago matters. He appreciates this island across Iloilo City now more than ever for it is the home of his 4-hectare farm from which he reaps a handsome profit.
Called Eli’s Farm, this piece of land in Nueva Valencia is a haven of various crops and farm animals for natural farming is being practiced here. Actually, it is a far cry from what it has been. Establishing it has never been easy; it has taken Elias two decades to turn this tract of land into a profitable farm.