BAGUIO CITY (June 9, 2021) – All Punong Barangays in La Union are now required to include container gardening among their urban agriculture programs enjoining all households in their area of responsibility for food sustainability.
Under the La Union Sangguniang Panlalawihan Ordinance no. 292-2021, the village chiefs will promote among their constituents planting in containers.
They are to enjoin the residents to use recycled containers instead of dumping the same in the garbage sites.
Board Member Geraldine R. Ortega and President of Liga ng mga Barangay- La Union Chapter and author of the ordinance said, the Province facing the challenge on how to make nutritious food available and accessible to every table to avoid hunger and food insufficiency.
This she said, is what La Union has to deal with aside from the impacts of the pandemic.
Ortega said the major travel restrictions and community lockdown had caused the closures of many businesses and loss of employment, livelihood and reduction of income, thus reducing food availability and leaving the poor at risk of hunger and malnutrition.
“Through the practice of urban gardening, you have direct choice over what you grow and eat, and you’ll be able to provide yourself with a stable and healthy food supply,” she added.
Another objective of the ordinance is to convince the people to contribute in improving the supply of organically produced crops in the province and help generate additional income for every household.
Artemio A. Dumlao