"Gulayan sa Masa" in full swing in Antique towns
by PS Mabaquiao
by PS Mabaquiao
San Jose, Antique – Gulayan ng Masa, a government strategy for massive food production to mitigate hunger is now fully implemented in different towns in Antique.
Arlene Edna Lavega, Information Officer, Office of the Provincial Agriculturist reported that a total of 10,535 households in nine municipalities in the province are participating in the Gulayan sa Masa project spearheaded by the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist.
The Department of Agriculture through the Provincial Government has released various certified vegetable seeds to be planted by farmers and a total of 632 bags of fertilizers were distributed to ensure high yields of veggies.
Aside from Gulayan sa Masa, OPA also implemented the Gulayan sa Paaralan project involving 405 elementary schools provincewide not only to support the feeding program but also the needs of the households in the community to help eradicate cases of malnutrition.
Meanwhile, President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo recently issued Executive Order 776 to strengthen the backyard food production as part of her administration's Comprehensive Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program (CLEEP) that includes the Gulayan ng Masa and the Integrated Services for Livelihood Advancement (ISLA) for subsistence fisherfolks.
PIA report further stated that food production campaign also includes setting up of urban vegetable gardens and backyard fisheries in vacant lots and unused government lots, among other places.
The President also enjoined all chief executives in provinces, cities and municipalities to set aside funding for Gulayan ng Masa and ISLA in urban areas and designate project supervisors in their respective areas.
President Arroyo has committed P300 billion for pump-priming programs that include CLEEP. (PIA) [top]