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Villar: Urban gardening promotes food security in Las Piñas

The Philippine Star
Villar: Urban gardening promotes food security in Las Piñas
Deputy Speaker and Las Piñas Rep. Camille Villar
STAR / File

MANILA, Philippines — Deputy Speaker and Las Piñas Rep. Camille Villar yesterday stressed the role of urban gardening as a viable means to promote a sustainable livelihood and an essential source of healthy food for the city’s dwellers.

“We continue to empower our citizens through urban farming as we are actively promoting this as an alternative and additional source of livelihood especially for those affected by the pandemic. Not only do they have extra income but they also help ensure food security as they have an immediate solution to possible food shortages due to crisis,” Villar said.

The lawmaker spoke about the importance of urban farming in an online forum during the celebration of the International Women’s Day. She said she salutes Filipino women for leading their way toward becoming agrichampions and helping promote food security.

According to Villar, produce from urban gardens make their way to local communities.

“We are teaching them not only to be self-sufficient but also the importance of recycling, composting and using kitchen wastes as organic fertilizers for their plants,” she said.

Urban gardening projects were established in Las Piñas in 2013 as part of the annual food festival showcasing the works of barangays, homeowners associations and schools in terms of farming and planting skills, landscaping and design. The projects have also evolved into income generation and sources of fresh, safe, affordable and nutritious food.

During the pandemic, Villar distributed seeds and organic fertilizers to help Las Piñas residents establish their own backyard farms.

As one of the authors of House Bill 8385 or the proposed Integrated Urban Agriculture Act, Villar is advocating for urban farming to help families produce their own food.

Under the proposal, idle or abandoned lands, buildings and open spaces will be converted into urban gardens. It has been approved on third and final reading by the House last month.

CAMILLE VILLAR

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