By: Ellaine Kryss Hubilla
The Department of Agriculture (DA) had been promoting home gardening more extensively since the beginning of the Luzonwide lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Although planting in our backyards is important even without the crisis; it has now become an alternative solution to be food sustainable during these trying times.
Various government units are taking initiatives to provide free seeds and seedlings to their constituents in hopes of helping people to secure their own food during the extended enhanced community quarantine period.
BINHI Philippines, an organization that describes itself as the “Energy Development Corporation’s (EDC) program to rescue and secure 96 of the most threatened, and premium tree species of our Philippine forests,” recently posted on its Facebook Page a name list of people to contact for free seedlings.
The post states: “For those who are interested to get seeds for your home garden/kitchen garden, please contact the appropriate focal person of our DA-ATI regions nationwide. HAPPY PLANTING!”
The following are focal persons from their respective regions together with their contact information.
Cordillera Administrative Region Charlie C. Sagudan 0939-455-0205
RTC 1 (Ilocos Norte Region) Alyssa Caril Vallo 0917-633-7366
RTC 2 (Cagayan Valley) Anna Liza S. Claveron 0935-551-9732
RTC3 (Central Luzon) Mario Lapitan 0917-250-2993
RTC 4A (CALABARZON) Vira Elyssa L. Jamolin 0915-879-7018
RTC 4B (MIMAROPA) Cristina G. Magnaye 0917-855-1427
RTC 5 (Bicol Region) Francis Bel T. Isip 0998-992-1334
Emmanuel L. Orogo 0912-463-5825
RTC 6 (Western Visayas) Mary Ann A. Ramos 0908-874-1750
RTC 7 (Central Visayas) Jomelyn A. Sumagang 0977-206-0068
RTC 8 (Eastern Visayas) Concepcion B. Miro 0917-169-8030
RTC 9 (Zamboanga Peninsula) Julito Cordova 0936-667-2493
RTC 10 (Northern Mindanao) Anita L. Molijon 0917-723-9060
RTC 11 (Davao Region) Omarbliss B. Dalam 0930-658-9617
RTC 12 (SOCCSKSARGEN) Teolifo T. Jumawan 0975-397-6458
RTC 13 (CARAGA) Joel M. Laure 0946-543-7886
ITCPH Margarita Crizaldo 0943-285-2928
Screenshots taken from BINHI Philippines’ Facebook Page.