The Department of the Interior and Local Government in the Cordillera Administrative Region (DILG-CAR) urged residents to try backyard gardening to ensure food security.
In an interview, DILG-CAR regional director Araceli San Jose, said that they are also appealing to barangay officials to establish community gardens, aligned with the administration’s “thrust to address hunger and ensure food security” nationwide.
“We are urging our barangays to identify areas where they can establish their respective community gardens where residents can access food,” she said.
The DILG had also issued Memorandum Circular 2023-001 or the “Implementation of the Halina’t Magtanim ng Prutas at Gulay (HAPAG) sa Barangay Project” to encourage more residents to participate in the program.
“We are also encouraging our barangays to coordinate and request from their respective city or municipal governments or with private individuals who own certain vacant lots that can be used to establish the barangay community garden,” she added.