Survival Gardens: LGUs to Distribute Veggie Seeds as Relief Goods

Laguna and Baguio City are stepping it up with their relief programs.

(SPOT.ph) We have officially entered the second week of enhanced community quarantine in Luzon. While most local governments have stepped up to take care of their constituents with everyone's favorite canned fare, a few have turned to distributing a different kind of aid. Seeds will be given to residents of Los Baños, Laguna and Baguio City, Benguet for them to plant gardens with; Cabuyao City, also in Laguna, will be distributing veggies bought from their farmers' harvest.

Baguio City

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Seed packets have been packed for distribution to barangays in Baguio City. These veggie seeds will be used for "survival gardens," according to the Agricultural Services Division of the Baguio City Veterinary Office. A peek at the seeds available include the dependable okra, sitaw, eggplant, and even peas and spinach.

Municipality of Los Baños

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Folks over at Los Baños are also being encouraged to start their own gardens—not just for something to do, but also for food security. Those who want to join can send their details over to the local Office of the Municipal Agriculturist, which will then course the needed seeds through the barangay and right to their doorsteps.

While this is a regular program, local authorities are pushing more people to join to help them get through the quarantine period, municipal agriculturist Cheryll T. Laviña-Gonzales told Inquirer.net. "Among the seeds that we distribute are pechay, mustard (mustasa), okra, tomato, Tagalog chili (siling haba), radish, sponge gourd (patola), bitter gourd, string beans," she added.

Cabuyao City

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Meanwhile, in Cabuyao City, authorities will be buying produce from local farmers and distributing it to residents. This will hit two birds with one stone: farmers are ensured income, while folks receive fresh veggies as relief goods. 

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