By Nel B. Andrade

RIZAL Province- Recognizing the importance of the agriculture sector in food supply sustainability in communities, at least three local government units (LGUs) in Rizal are encouraging the residents in their respective localities to plant vegetables, especially now that the province is still under the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) until May 15.

The office of Angono Mayor Jeri Mae Calderon said in a statement released through the town’s official Facebook Page that vegetable seeds are available for free at the Municipal Agriculture Office and Veterinary Office located at Saks Street, Bloomingdale Subdivision, in Barangay San Pedro, in this town.

The seeds of vegetables are given free to residents on a first-come, first served basis to encourage them to plant right in their own backyard or vacant lots as part of the effort of the municipal government to help the people to have available food supply without having to buy vegetables in the market.

In Taytay, where there are more residential areas than agriculture lots, assorted seeds are also being given free of charge to residents to entice them to practice urban gardening right in their own premises.

In Teresa, Rizal, the public school teachers of Donna Mae Tabor of Teresa Elementary School and Jennie Domagas of Prinza Elementary School hope to harvest their backyard vegetables consisting of leafy greens and legumes and some rootcrops before they go back to school once the ECQ has been lifted by the government.

In Pililla, helping the local farmers in marketing their freshly picked vegetables and fruits in season to their neighbors through on-line selling, has become the advocacy of couple Ehmerson and Nelisa Magpantay of Barangay Hulo since the lockdown days started in the town.

The local government unit has earlier been propagating vegetable farming including the culture of mushrooms among residents.

These residents said the pronouncements of Senator Christopher ‘Bong’ Go about pursuing the ‘Balik Probinsya’ Program and the Department of Agriculture’s Plant, Plant, Plant scheme have strengthened their desire to continue their vegetable gardening, even more as the move is one of the answers in addressing hunger and food sustainability, with or without the pandemic. (Nel B. Andrade)