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Los Baños enjoins LGUs to rev up agri programs amid contagion

CAMIGUIN, Sep. 16 (PIA)–Emphasizing the need to prioritize food security in the midst of coronavirus disease (COVID)-19 contagion, Los Baños, Laguna Mayor Caesar Perez urges local government units (LGUs) to strengthen agricultural programs in their areas.

“Hindi problema sa isang tahanan ang lupa pagka mayroon kang nasa paso, kaya mong magpalaki ng isang halaman depende nalang ‘yan kung gaano ka ka-sincere na magkameron ka ng sarili mong produce,” Perez said during the daily Network Briefing News with Presidential Communications Sec. Martin Andanar, September 16.

(The soil or area for planting in one’s home is not a problem. When you have pots, you can definitely grow plants. Nurturing will just depend on one’s sincerity to have his or her own produce)

He added that vegetable seeds should be planted instead of ornamental plants. Thus, they encouraged their flower farmers to shift to planting rice.

“Sa panahong ito hindi tayo pwedeng umasa kahit kanino sa pagpoproduce ng gulay o anumang klase ng pagkain. Dapat may sarili tayong napoproduce para sa ganun magkameron ka ng seguridad na pagdating ng bukas ay meron kang makakain,” the mayor said. 

(In this time of health crisis, we should not rely on other people to produce vegetables and other kinds of food. We should have our own produce so we’ll be secured that when tomorrow comes, we will have something to eat)

Boosting agri programs in Camiguin

In Camiguin, P310,000 has been released to 8 Plant Now, Pay Later Program beneficiaries, 400 packs of Pinakbet vegetables were provided to 58 Barangays, and 125 beneficiaries were identified for the Survival and Recovery (SURE)-Aid program from the Department of Agriculture (DA)–10 to perpetuate agricultural activity on the island.

In addition, the provincial government provided 5 kgs of assorted vegetable seeds to 75 beneficiaries and 100 bags of certified rice seeds (NSIC RC 222 variety), and conducted information education campaign on the “Plant Plant Plant” program during the Provincial and Municipal Agriculture and Fishery Council meetings to further supplement DA-10’s COVID-19 interventions and departmental goals.

“Ang COVID bahagi na ng buhay natin sa panahong ito dahil ang COVID ay parang naging isang pagsubok ng ating Panginoon. Kapag natakot tayo, magiging inutil tayo pero kung gagawin natin kung ano ang sinasaad o sinasabing protocol ng gobyerno na dapat meron kang mask, meron kang faceshield, maghugas ng kamay, at mag-disinfect ng iyong katawan bago ka pumasok sa tahanan, malilimitahan natin ang patuloy na pagdami ng ating COVID cases,” Perez said. 

(COVID is now part of our lives and it has become God’s challenge for all of us. If we feel afraid, we can become useless but unless we do what the government says like wearing a mask and face shield, washing of hands, and disinfecting one’s self prior to entering homes, we can contain the increasing number of COVID cases)

As of September 15, there are three confirmed COVID-19 cases in Camiguin along with 228 persons with history of travel of COVID-19 exposure. (RTP/PIA10)

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