Struggling to cope with the crisis brought by the COVID-19 pandemic, a Quezon City resident has managed to grow more than 100 tilapia at home.
Bong Burgos harvested tilapia from a fish pond he built inside his house in Barangay Bagong Silang, the local government said Monday.
A photo of Burgos showing off his harvest of around 15 fish placed on a plastic strainer was uploaded on the local government’s Facebook page.
“Bukod sa instant ulam na ito ng kaniyang pamilya, naibabahagi din niya ito sa kanilang komunidad (Aside from being an instant food for his family, the fish were also given to his neighbors),” it added.
Burgos’ fish pond was part of the local government’s Urban Aquaculture project led by the city’s Sustainable Development Affairs Unit and Urban Agriculture program called GROWQC. It was aimed at helping hog raisers affected by the African Swine Fever (ASF) and COVID-19 pandemic.
“Kahit MECQ (modified enhanced community quarantine) sa ating lungsod, hindi namomroblema si Kuya Bong sa kanilang pagkain dahil nasa loob lamang ng kanyang tahanan ang mga isdang maaaring anihin anumang oras (Although our city is still under MECQ, Bong has no problems about their food since he can get fish inside their home anytime),” GROWQC said in its Facebook post.
Social media users praised Burgos for growing fish not only for his family but also for his neighbors.
“Sigurado na ang pang-ulam ng inyong pamilya, nakakatulong pa po kayo sa ibang tao. Sana po tularan kayo ng iba! Saludo po sa pagiging madiskarte nyo ngayon pandemya (Not only is your food secured by having a fish pond, but you are also able to help your neighbors. I hope that others will follow you! I salute you for being resourceful during the pandemic),” Julienne Equipado said.
“Wow kuya bilib po ako sa diskarte niyo. ‘Yan ang Pinoy. Wag tayo panghinaan ng loob, lahat may paraan at solusyon (Wow! I’m really amazed. That is a real Filipino. Let’s not get discouraged because everything has solutions),” Abigail Buenavista added.