Harking back to its agricultural roots, the local government of Muntinlupa is partnering with the Department of Agriculture and University of the Philippines Los Baños to strengthen its urban gardening program.
DA – Agricultural Research through the UPLB Edible Landscaping Team donated 500 edible landscaping kits to the local government last June 22 for its “Gulayan sa Muntinlupa” program.
Mayor Jaime Fresnedi received the donation during a ceremonial turn-over together with Edible Landscaping UPLB Technical Officer Prof. Ryan Tayobong, Research Assistants John Bryan Lawas and Melanie Ilang-Ilang, DA-Extension Service Office chief Malou Lobo, and City Administrator Allan Cachuela.
Fresnedi expressed his thanks to DA and UPLB for the donation and hoped that the partnership will pave the way for more urban agriculture projects in the city.
Edible landscaping is the growing of organic vegetables, fruits, herbs, and medicinal plants in landscaping. The plants are used both for aesthetic value as well as consumption.
DA and UPLB shall also provide technical assistance to Muntinlupa for the development of the City Model Farm situated at Muntinlupa Sports Complex, Brgy. Tunasan.
Recently, the local government also partnered with the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and University of the Philippines Institute of Plant Breeding (UP-IPB) for the training of communities on hydroponics farming technology.
Muntinlupa City aims to revive urban agriculture and urban farming to ensure food security amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The community of Doña Rosario Heights serves as the city’s Urban Model Farm while the farming site in Paradise Garden community is the city’s Communal Model Farm which is being managed by the 4P’s (Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program) beneficiaries. DOST donated 200 S.N.A.P (Simple Nutrient Addition Program) Kit Solutions for Hydroponics to the local government and were distributed to pilot communities.
DA-ESO is working together with 12 Home Owners Associations, three (3) Cooperatives, and six (6) Youth Organizations for the urban agriculture initiative. The extension service office conducts regular urban farming site visitations, online trainings and monitoring of communities to ensure the sustainability of the program.
Further, DA-ESO has launched Balitang Agri, a series of educational shows demonstrating proper ways of planting vegetable crops, and provides free seeds and seedlings to the public to further promote backyard farming.
For more information, visit DA-ESO Facebook Page or reach them at 5th Floor, Annex Building, City Government of Muntinlupa with tel. nos. 8861-6498 / 8861-3042.
*Source: Public Information Office