DSWD-6 pilots ‘Gulayan’ program in 14 barangays in Iloilo City
Fourteen barangays in Molo district of this city proved successful the implementation of the “Gulayan Para sa Malusog na Pamayanan”, also known as the Bio Intensive Gardening program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).
Beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) in Molo district on Friday displayed their harvest during the launching of the program led by the DSWD-6.
DSWD-6 city link assigned in Molo district, Glenn Ross Alavata, pointed out that the program really helped communities in producing vegetables, fruits among others, which they could cook or sell for additional income.
Alavata said they were planning to integrate the “Gulayan” program with the ongoing rice subsidy program of DSWD so that the money that the Pantawid beneficiaries receive would be spent on the school needs of their children.
Under the rice subsidy program, each Pantawid family-beneficiary receives additional PHP600 monthly intended for rice.
“They will no longer spend money for their rice and viand because of the rice subsidy and the ‘Gulayan” that DSWD provides,” he said.
DSWD partners with the city agriculture office in the implementation of the program.
City Agriculturist Romulo Pangantihon said they have been providing the Pantawid beneficiaries with varieties of seeds for their gardens.
He added they also provided technical assistance to beneficiaries, particularly on how to grow and sustain their plantations.
Iloilo City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog, meanwhile, lauded all the DSWD and other stakeholders implementing the program for the Pantawid beneficiaries.
He urged the beneficiaries to continuously support the program that would benefit their whole family.
Six Pantawid beneficiaries were awarded as “Best Gulayan” implementers during the program launching.
Alavata said that the winners had sustained their gardens, planted good variety of seeds and had shown great commitment to the program.
First place went to Rosene Pahilga; second place, Maria Jona Bolvio; third place, Ma. Gina Gallarpe. Runners up were Melanie Peralta, Nora Abella and Juliet Jalandoni.
Each received cash prizes and a certificate of recognition from DSWD-6.
DSWD hoped that more barangays not only in this city but also in the whole region, would adapt the “Gulayan” program as they were currently strengthening their advocacy for the program. (PNA)