February 1, 2023

City officials encouraged government employees to start their own backyard gardens.
Mayor Benjamin B. Magalong, Rep. Mark O. Go, Vice Mayor Faustino A. Olowan, and the city councilors joined Health Services Office Chief Rowena Galpo in distributing packets of vegetable seeds to city hall officials and employees, a move that aims to encourage them to raise their own food.
The project, dubbed, “Employees Go Green Amidst Covic-19,” is spearheaded by the City Nutrition Council in partnership with City Veterinary and Agriculture Office and the Department of Agriculture.
Nutrition Officer Angelita Sabado of the HSO said Magalong broached the idea during a nutrition council meeting last year.
She said the mayor wanted public officers to show that the success of government programs starts from them.
Those who received seedlings were given instructions on how to plant the seeds on any available space or containers they have at home.
The seedlings distributed were pechay, beans, and squash, among other vegetable seeds endemic in the region.
To ensure the success of the program that promotes food security, the recipients were asked to give their addresses so the city nutrition council could monitor the progress of the initiative.
The nutrition council has been promoting home, community, and school gardening as part of its Bio-Intensive Gardening and Food Always in the Home programs. – Gaby Keith