By Warren Elijah E. Valdez

DAVAO CITY – Davao del Norte governor Edwin Juhabib urged the residents of the province to plant vegetable crops in their backyards as a preparation for the prolonged fight against COVID-19.

The governor has directed the barangay officials of the local government units to inform the residents of planting survival crops and raising livestocks in their backyards.

“My mandate to all households in our barangays is the need for us to plant crops like camote and vegetables so that you will have something to eat should this problem (on COVID-19) will still continue,” governor Juhabib said.

The governor also said that the first cropping of rice and corn must already commence, as he has already assured enough water supply for the irrigations in all agricultural rice fields.

“While we are implementing measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our province, this (backyard gardening) is needed for us to avoid the problem on hunger,” Juhabib said.

The governor also stressed to the local government officials to continue the strict implementation of the quarantine and preventive measures so that public will remain safe and protected away from the deadly disease.

“We will still continue staying in our homes, the wearing of face mask, avoiding mass gathering, and implementing other preventive measures,” Jubib, noting that checkpoints, curfew, and the prohibition of entry to Davao del Norte will still be observed.