The Department of Science and Technology’s (DOST) “Gulayan sa Pamayanan”, an urban gardening project has benefitted 19 communities and 345 families in Metro Manila.
This was disclosed during the Gulayan sa Pamayanan virtual presser themed, “Urban Gardening: Sharing of Experiences and Impacts from the Beneficiaries,” held on Wednesday, Aug. 25.
The project is implemented by the DOST-Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (DOST-PCAARRD) and DOST-National Capital Region (NCR).
The Gulayan sa Pamayanan beneficiaries were given gardening materials and trained on two technologies—Enriched Potting Preparation (EPP) and Simple Nutrient Addition Program (SNAP) Hydroponics.
The DOST-PCAARRD said a total of 3,950 EPP kits and 2,350 SNAP kits were distributed to the communities.
“Moreover, 180 bags of compost, 55 pcs of tower/vertical garden with EPP vessels, eight coco coir net greenhouse, 1,000 liters of CSE, 100 sets of SNAP A and B Solutions, and 10 packs of plastic lining were distributed to 345 families,” it said.
The Council said a total of 25 beneficiaries were trained on the EPP and SNAP Hydroponics technologies, including seedling propagation and preparation.
Developed by Dr. Eduardo P. Paningbatan, Jr., retired professor from the University of the Philippines Los Baños, EPP technology only requires recyclable soft drink bottles as plant pots, a potting medium, coco coir, and the compost soil extract (CSE).
CSE provides nutrients to herbs, vegetables, and ornamental plants, which can be planted using EPP.
Meanwhile, SNAP Hydroponics uses recycled Styrofoam boxes, styro cups, growing media composed of coco peat, carbonized rice hull, saw dust, and fine sand, plus the SNAP A and B nutrient solutions.
The developers of the SNAP Hydroponics technology are Dr. Primitivo Jose A. Santos and Dr. Eureka Teresa M. Ocampo of UPLB-Institute of Plant Breeding (IPB).
DOST-PCAARRD Executive Director Reynaldo V. Ebora said the beneficiaries of the Gulayan sa Pamayanan were chosen through the agency’s Community Empowerment thru Science and Technology or CEST program. CEST program aims to provide livelihood and alleviate poverty in remote communities.
“The Gulayan sa Pamayanan project was initially identified to assist the seven communities however, this number ballooned to 19 communities, which is still aligned with our goal to increase vegetable availability in Metropolitan areas,” Ebora said.
The 19 beneficiary-communities include Muntaparlas (Brgy. CAA, Las Piñas; Brgy. BF Homes, Phase 3, Parañaque City; Don Bosco, Parañaque City; Doña Rosario Heights and Paradise Garden group of Sucat, Muntinlupa City; and GAD, MCTI, Putatan, Muntinlupa City), Pamamazon (Brgy. 412, Sampaloc, Manila; Claro M. Recto High School, Brgy. 412, Sampaloc, Manila, and Brgy. Pildera, Pasay City), Pamamarisan (Brgy. Nangka, Brgy. Concepcion, THAI, Brgy. Concepcion Uno, Fortune, and CEMO of Marikina City), and Camanava (Brgy. Pasolo, Brgy. Balangkas, Brgy. Tanza 1, and Brgy. Tanza 2, Navotas City.