CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (PIA)–Some government agency employees adopting work from home arrangements are now heading to venture in growing vegetables in their respective backyards.
The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA)-Misamis Oriental and the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD)-10 availed their 23 and 50 packets vegetable seeds, respectively, from the Department of Agriculture (DA)-10, funded under its High Value Crops Development Program (HVCDP).
The agency’s implementation of ALPAS COVID-19 or Ahon Lahat, Pagkaing Sapat kontra sa COVID-19 in the country’s major urban communities aims to scale up food adequacy level in mitigating the effects brought by the coronavirus contagion.
TESDA-MisOr Provincial Director Miraluna N. Baje-Lopez cited that its employees can become food sufficient by engaging in backyard gardening while they are working at their respective homes.
Meanwhile, DHSUD-10 OIC-Regional Director Charito A. Raagas said provisions would not only provide a productive endeavor for public servants, but also offer a healthier food diet, as soon as they would harvest their homegrown vegetables.
“Recipients would truly reap a bounty of harvested vegetables, as one packet is more than enough for a backyard garden,” said Carlota S. Madriaga, Regional Technical Director for Operations of DA-10 who handed said items to the concerned agencies.
“With the repacked seeds of the department, an individual recipient can plant the set of seeds up to an area of 30-40 square meters,” the assistant agri-executive added.
Receiving the veggie seeds on behalf of said government agencies were TESDA-MisOr Administrative Aide IV Genesis P. Cabrillos and DHSUD-10 Chief Admin Officer Michael P. Bajao. (DA10/PIA10)