by Alan S. Cajes
The root words of kaugmaon (future) and kaugmaran (development) are ugma (tomorrow) and ugmad (to cultivate), respectively. Thus, a family must ugmad or cultivate its farm today to ensure food for the family ugma or tomorrow.
A long series of tomorrows constitutes one’s future. It is, therefore, important that farms are cultivated in a sustainable manner. Otherwise, the future is in jeopardy.
An important lesson to remember from this Visayan saying is that the notion of development includes the idea of sustainability.