DAR to make vegetable farm out of idle lot in Caloocan

Published February 9, 2021, 4:19 PM

by Betheena Unite

An idle lot within a Caloocan City village will soon be transformed into a vegetable farm in a bid to promote urban farming and food security among marginalized areas in Metro Manila.

Department of Agrarian Reform (MANILA BULLETIN)
Department of Agrarian Reform

The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) will turn the vacant lot in Barangay 167 in Sunriser Village, Caloocan City into a farm on February 11 under its “Buhay sa Gulay” project.

It will be the third urban vegetable farm in Metro Manila.

Agrarian Secretary Brother John Castriciones said the urban vegetable farming will “promote farming and help reduce poverty, eradicate hunger, and contribute to food security” in the metro.

One hundred five residents of Sunriser Village and Vista Verde Executive Village will be the direct beneficiaries of the “Buhay sa Gulay” project in the city.

Castriciones said the urban vegetable farming project is a self-help start-up livelihood project where concerned government agencies and organizations will converge, share their resources, and offer an opportunity to enable the urban farmers to produce and eat fresh healthy vegetables and provide them with additional sources of income.

Urban farms were also established in St. John Bosco Parish in Tondo, Manila in October 2020 and in a vast 7,000-hectare lot in Barangay Bagong Silangan in Quezon City on Jan. 8, 2021.

The Buhay sa Gulay project is in line with the “small brother-big brother” development strategy, wherein mature, established, and progressive agrarian reform beneficiaries organizations (ARBOs) of DAR provide support and assistance to marginalized dwellers, who are mostly informal settlers, much akin to newly organized ARBOS struggling to keep its members and organization functioning.