To help combat malnutrition in indigenous people’s communities in northern Palawan, a non-government organization recently organized a vegetable production training in Linapacan town.
42 Tagbanuas completed the training spearheaded last week by the Pilipinas Shell Foundation Incorporated’s (PSFI) Integrated Support to Indigenous People (ISIP).
“They were trained on preparing organic fertilizer and planting vegetables, such as tomato, eggplant, string beans, cabbage, upland kangkong, okra, squash, bitter gourd, among others,” PSFI’s ISIP coordinator Edilberto Magpayo said.
The participants were from the PSFI’s three IP sites, namely Barangays Decabaitot at Calibangbangan of Linapacan and Sitio Binulbulan, Barangay Casian of Taytay town.
PSFI’s Integrated Farming Bio System (IFBS) Project Officer James Bruma taught techniques on backyard and school vegetable gardening, and shared the importance of vegetable as source of vitamins and minerals needed to keep a healthy body.
According to the Provincial Planning and Development Office, a high malnutrition prevalence rate and high poverty incidence had been noted among IPs in the province, prompting the provincial government to continuously give them livelihood opportunities.