CAMARIN, Caloocan City — Focusing on the importance of the Marcos administration’s advocacy of achieving economic stability for all Filipinos, the Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI) conducted a forum on food security and urban agriculture in Camarin, Caloocan City to educate residents in urban gardening as a means of livelihood and self-sufficiency.
The food security forum was conducted through the auspices of the office of Climate Change Commissioner Albert Dela Cruz Sr., who is now on a trip to Taiwan to meet with possible partners and investors in his initiative to support President Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos Jr.’s efforts for climate action in the fulfillment of the country’s commitment to the 2015 Paris Agreement on Climate Change.
The forum was led by BPI agriculturist Ernie Bolloso from the office of National Program for Urban Agriculture director Gerald Glenn Panganiban, who taught some 80 residents of Barangay Camarin the proper way of urban gardening through the utilization of spaces in their community and methods like hydroponics in order to plant various kinds of edible crops and vegetables.
This is the first time that such an endeavor has been made and according to Moral Recovery Chaplaincy Organizational Movement founding chairman Bishop Edgardo Espiritu, he is very much thankful to the Climate Change Commission (CCC) and BPI for helping educate and empower the public to achieve self-sufficiency by teaching them methods of creating their own means of livelihood.
Commissioner Dela Cruz cited the significance of giving knowledge and skills to the citizenry in order to make them self-sufficient and resilient to the impacts of climate change which is mostly triggered by the fast-paced growth of the economy brought by industrialization.
“Alongside the fast trend of modernization with the use of mechanized technology, we are also creating problems in our environment; hence, climate change and global warming. We need to address this and only through mitigation and adaptation can we survive and help future generations attain resiliency,” the climate official pointed out.