By Vina Medenilla

Buying food in the market entails a longer waiting time due to the protocols that are being implemented to halt the spread of the COVID-19. It will take hours of either waiting in line or in traffic caused by quarantine checkpoints before you get to shop for your food supply.  

So to make things easier and convenient for everyone, the Department of Agriculture-Bureau of Plant Industry (DA-BPI) is encouraging people to grow their own food in their backyards instead to avoid congestion in the markets.

In a Facebook post, the DA-BPI announced that there are free vegetable seeds and seedlings available at DA-BPI offices in Malate, Manila, and Quezon City. Seeds can be claimed from Monday to Friday, 8 am to 5 pm. The DA-BPI also encourages the public to wear a mask and to abide by social distancing measures.

Free seeds and seedlings at DA-BPI in Malate, Manila.

Meanwhile, the Iligan City Agriculture Office also urges the public to make COVID survival gardens by planting the free vegetable seeds that the agency is distributing in their respective homes. Its goal is to make every household have their very own a long-lasting food supply while everyone is experiencing Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ). The Iligan City Agriculture Office is giving each household a pack composed of five different kinds of vegetable seeds.

To obtain free assorted vegetable seeds, interested parties may go to Slaughterhouse Compound, Merila, Ubaldo Laya, or you may contact 221-4466 or 09350340477.

Iligan City Agriculture Office encourages everyone to make COVID survival gardens.

In Baao, Camarines Sur, Mayor Jeff Besinio of the Local Government Unit of Baao also distributes free assorted vegetable seeds for the residents of every barangay.  

Omag Lgu Baao shares photos of the seeds that will be distributed to ensure food for the coming months.

Photos from DA-BPI , Iligan City Agriculture Office and Omag Lgu Baao on Facebook.