Vegetables planted at the city park in front of the City Coliseum. (Photo courtesy of Judith M. Bayron)

Mayor Lucilo Bayron has instructed the city government’s Oplan Linis program to convert the city’s open spaces into vegetable gardens in anticipation of an extended quarantine period amidst the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.

Dreu Manlawe, program manager of Oplan Linis, told Palawan News they will plant fast-growing vegetables like alugbati, kangkong, okra, and pechay.

“In preparation ito in case tumagal yong sitwasyon natin dahil sa COVID-19 ay meron tayong magiging source ng food like yong mga mabibilis tumubo na mga gulay kagaya ng alugbati, kangkong, okra, at pechay,” Manlawe said.

Garden trellis for crawling vegetables in front of the City Coliseum. (Photo courtesy of Judith M. Bayron)

“Pinapa-maximize ni mayor lahat ng open spaces para magkaroon tayo ng parang urban vegetable garden,” he added.

He said Oplan Linis is being guided by the City Agriculture Office (CAO) in the project, which also gave the seeds for planting. Raine Bayron, daughter of mayor Bayron, also purchased the others.

After the city park at the coliseum, he said they will also plant vegetable crops at its back where the tenement homes used to be located. The Old City Hall also has an open space that can be used for the purpose.

“May instruction din from Mayor Bayron na magpupunla kami if ever na may manghihingi,” he added.

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