Responding to the nationwide problem of food security, the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCAARRD) launched a three-pronged program to bring nutritious food at home despite the quarantine period.
GALING (Good Agri-Aqua Livelihood Initiatives Towards National Goals) is a program created in partnership among PCAARRD consortiums in the country, together with government agencies like Bureau of Plant and Industry (BPI) and the private sector.
Science and Technology Secretary Fortunato dela Peña said in a presser that the program can address the country’s food security issues, need for nutritious supply of food, and job creation as well.
PCAARRD Executive Director Reynaldo Ebora explained that the program has three components.
The first component, “Teknolohiya at Kaalaman para sa Pamayanan,” boosts PCAARRD’s information dissemination campaign.
Brochures and other information materials about planting and agricultural practices can now be accessed via its e-library and social media sites.
BPI will also provide for the distribution of printed brochures on various planting topics.
In the second component, “Alalay sa Pamayanan,” PCAARRD and consortium partners distribute food products to affected communities and frontliners.
“Before this launching of the program, we have already distributed fresh vegetables and fruits to quarantine-affected families in Benguet, Sultan Kudarat, and other areas in the country in collaboration with our partner-universities,” Ebora said.
The third component, “Pagkain at Kabuhayan para sa Pamayanan,” is where PCAARRD promotes urban gardening and community vegetable gardening; village-scale chicken meat and eggs production; and other measures that can be done locally.
“Food production technologies, food products, and livelihood will be shared through this program,” he said.