NARRA, Palawan — Vegetable seeds have been distributed in this town to encourage families to be self-reliant by growing their own food amidst the COVID-19 crisis.
Since Thursday, residents in Barangay Bato-Bato in this municipality have been receiving various vegetable seeds to plant in their homes to become sustainable while the extended quarantine is enforced.
Bato-Bato barangay chairman Ernesto Ferrer said out of 150 recipients, around 60 have already received their seed starters for backyard gardening. The seeds were provided by the Department of Agriculture (DA).
Ferrer said residents were given sitaw, okra, talong, and pipino seeds.
“Dahil tayo ay nasa enhanced community quarantine (ECQ), ang mga kabarangay natin ay nasa bahay lang, so walang pagkakaabalahan. Imbes na lumabas sila, ang puwede nilang gawin ay magtanim [ng gulay] para may mapakinabangan din sila at para makakuha rin sila ng punla na maari pa nilang maitanim,” he said.
Ferrer said the recipients are those who have small backyard gardens, vegetable farmers, and parents who have children who are malnourished. They also gave to those who showed interest to plant vegetables.
He said those who received the seeds should take care of them because their gardening progress will be monitored by DA representatives for documentation.
“Kailangan lang talaga ng mga barangay na mag-request sa DA para makahingi ng mga buto na maipapamahagi nila sa kanilang barangay. Kahit di naman lahat mabigyan pero ma-ipriority ang mga magsasaka, nag-ga-garden at mga may anak na malnourished. Ang purpose natin para matulungan sana natin sila. Sana magtake ng initiative at bawat isa ay magtulungan,” he said.
“Ako ay gagawa pa naman ng panibagong request na idadamay na rin ang iba pang barangay sa bayan. Sinubukan natin ito dito sa aming barangay kung talagang papatok at okay ang feedback sa mga tao,” added Ferrer.