by Myleen S. Subang
Members of the Sangguniang Kabataan will start growing vegetable crops in their backyard gardens as part of the ‘Gulayan sa Bakuran’ project for the youths of Brgy. Buga, Leon, Iloilo.
Initiated by the SK council of the barangay, this project enables the youth to develop their skills in growing crops and improving their resourcefulness by utilizing recyclable and reusable gardening materials.
On behalf of the youth council, SK Chairperson John Matthew Cauntic thanked the DA-WV for extending assistance to their community.
Cauntic stated that through this activity, they could help sustain food availability for the residents’ daily consumption during the pandemic.
“We have to understand the importance of planting and producing crops as a source of food in the community,” he said.
Upon learning about the Plant Plant Plant Program of the Department of Agriculture, the SK Council reached out to DA in availing some of the interventions under this program.
On June 18, DA-Western Visayas turned over 70 packs of assorted vegetable seeds and gardening materials such as plastic drums, water sprinklers, and hoes to intensify the campaign for the ‘Gulayan sa Barangay’ project. Urban gardening and ‘Gulayan sa Barangay’ is one of the priority activities of the 4Ps or the Plant Plant Plant Program, also known as the Ahon Lahat Pagkaing Sapat Kontra COVID-19 (ALPAS) Program of the department.