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Launching of Bagong Buhay sa Gulay Project (Sept. 15, 2021)

Author: DA Communications Group | 15 September 2021

The Department of Agriculture (DA) and Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), together with the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) and the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor), sealed a partnership for the implementation of the Bagong Buhay sa Gulay Project on Sept. 15, 2021.

The initiative, an offshoot of DAR’s Buhay sa Gulay Project, aimed to empower and transform persons deprived of liberty (PDLs), and enable them to be productive and self-sufficient individuals in preparation for their reintegration into society.

Under the agreement, DA will provide quality seeds, planting materials, and other inputs for the development of a 2.5-hectare lot inside the compound of the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa. DAR, as the overall implementer of the project, will provide funding, while TESDA will lead the conduct of skills training for basic urban gardening.

Agriculture Secretary William Dar commended DAR for leading the urban gardening initiative, stressing that the collaboration is important in ensuring the food requirements in the metropolis.

In his message, the DA chief called for the elevation and upscaling of the project, and suggested that it should not only focus on vegetable production. He said urban gardening must be transformed in a big way to include the production of fruits and ornamental plants, as well as small ruminants and poultry raising.

DA’s Urban Agriculture Program is one of the key strategies of DA to address the challenges brought by the pandemic to Filipino families living in areas far from the food production areas. It aims to ensure that there will always be food in the home and that every family will have access to safe and nutritious food items. (Photo by Adonis Buhayan, DA-AFID)