Issue of June 9, 2019
     
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Urban gardening endeavor lauded
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Stakeholders commended the Department of Agriculture and the city government for their support to the promotion and practice of urban gardening among residents in the city’s 128 barangays.

Officers of the Highly Urbanized City Agriculture and Fisheries Council (HUCAFC) and the Regional Agriculture and Fisheries Council (RAFC) among other sectors commended Councilor Leandro B. Yangot, Jr., chair of the city council committee on market, trade, commerce and agriculture, for his initiative in taking urban gardening in ways that benefitted Baguio City.

Former HUCAFC president Jane Pauline Abanag, HUCAFC president Agnes Maslian, RAFC president Balbina Ernesto, Vincent Chacapna, Marcelina Taeling, and City Agriculturist Alberto Tomas said that the efforts of local officials led to better wellness for the community.

They said that if everyone practices urban gardening in their homes, Baguio can become the “garden city of the Philippines.”

The sectors said that urban gardening bridges education and innovation, community health, food quality, and environmental management.

Yangot visualized the city government’s urban gardening program as a means of ensuring organic food production that translate to healthier food choices.

The stakeholders said that urban gardening encourages enthusiasts to engage in physical activities, aside from promoting proper waste management and a zero waste lifestyle.

They said urban gardening is a potential source of jobs if done right and if done as a community as it supports homegrown talents and ideas.

One of the successes of urban gardening is the establishment of the first strawberry farm in Bilis, Sto. Tomas Central, which has since became a farm tourism destination.

Another area being strengthened for urban gardening is the cutflower farms in Happy Hallow. Demonstration farms have also been established in Irisan, Lucnab, Pinget, Sto. Tomas, Burnham-Legarda, Pucsusan and Pinsao Proper.

To bolster the success of the city’s urban agriculture program, Yangot authored a number of measures, like Ordinance 35, s. 2018 which institutionalized the Urban Farmers Month celebration every May and Ordinance 136, s. 2018 that declared the 20th of July of every year as the HUCAFC foundation day in the city.


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