Vegetables, Tilapia to be planted in Tondo’s smokey mountain
Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said that in two weeks time, the government will launch a program that aims to help urban poor families in Tondo grow their own vegetables and raise Tilapia for their consumption in the limited space of their tenements and the neighbourhood.
“Gulay sa Likod Bahay (Vegetable in the Backyard) and Pala-Isdaan sa Bayan (Fishpond in Urban Area) are actually two of the three programs which I conceptualized to address the need for additional food supply and nutrition of the urban poor, especially in the blighted areas like the Smokey Mountain and Payatas,” Piñol said.
According to him, “Gulay sa Likod Bahay” involves a half-day orientation workshop on how to grow vegetables in plastic containers which could be hung by the windows or walls of the tenements or on the rooftop of the many tenements built by government for the former squatter families.
After the half-day orientation workshop, each participating family will be provided with seeds of common vegetables like Pechay, Okra, Eggplant, Tomato and even Red Sili, plastic containers and a sack of pre-mixed soil with organic fertiliser.
“By growing the vegetables themselves, the families are expected not only to provide their children with nutritious and fresh food but also reduce the daily expense for food,” Piñol said.
Meanwhile, “Pala-Isdaan sa Bayan” is a program to be handled by the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) which aims to establish fish tanks capable of growing 3 to 4 tons of Tilapia.
The fish stocks and feeds, including the two fish tanks, will be provided by BFAR to urban poor women who will be organised to manage the “Pala-Isdaan.”