The Department of Science and Technology’s (DOST) Gulayan sa Pamayanan project is expected to benefit around 10,000 underprivileged and malnourished children in Metro Manila and Cavite.
The project entitled, “Employing Hydroponics and Vegetable Gardening Technologies to Alleviate COVID-19 Threats to Food Security in Selected Municipalities in Region IV-A” is funded and monitored by the DOST-Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCAARRD).
DOST Secretary Fortunato “Boy” T. de la Peña said the underprivileged children at Bukid Kabataan Center in General Trias, Cavite and selected areas in Metro Manila will benefit from the project of the DOST-Calabarzon and DOST-PCAARRD.
The project is implemented by DOST IV-A led by Provincial and Science Technology Center (PSTC)-Rizal Director Fernando E. Ablaza.
He said the project sites are located in General Trias, Cavite and in Angono, Rizal.
It is part of the GALING-PCAARRD Kontra CoViD-19 Program under Component 6: Gulayan sa Pamayanan, he noted.
“Aside from the children beneficiaries at General Trias, Cavite, around 10,000 malnourished and hungry children in Metro Manila will also benefit from the project,” de la Peña said.
He said before the end of the project, they expect the completion of two more greenhouses with hydroponics and aquaponics technologies where different kinds of vegetables will be grown.
“The improved greenhouse design, local materials, hydroponics technology, and vegetable seeds are through the help of the PCAARRD-funded projects implemented through the leadership of Dr. Chito F. Sace, Professor from the Central Luzon State University (CLSU).”