LCCAD, DA, CCC push nationwide community food garden

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LCCAD Executive Director Nong C. Rangasa (2nd from left) meets with Department of Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol (3rd from left), Project NOAH Executive Director Mahar Lagmay (4th from left) and DA ASec. Bong Año (far right) last July 4 at the DA Head Office to discuss climate-resilient agricultural plans.

LEGAZPI CITY, July 11 (PIA) — Local Climate Change Adaptation for Development (LCCAD) executive director Nong C. Rangasa recently presented the project concept on Community Food Gardens for Every Barangay (CFGEB): A Food Security Adaptation Strategy for the Philippines to Department of Agriculture (DA) Secretary Emmanuel “Manny” Piñol last July 5, 2016 at the Mabini Hall in Malacañang Palace in line with Pres. Rodrigo R. Duterte’s call to address the impacts of climate change and disasters on food, water, energy, ecological and human security.

Rangasa said the project, primarily on food security and climate change adaptation (CCA), aims to provide food access to the poorest and most vulnerable barangays in the country.

“The adoption of the CFGEB could provide chemical-free, clean, nutritious, organic food, and a healthy, sustainable environment. We could generate material for food-based enterprises that could be sources of livelihood and income for communities and multiple stakeholders”, Rangasa stated in his presentation.

He also added that during the times of climate related disasters, food scarcity is prevalent and adds up to the “chronic hunger” felt by the nation’s poor population.

The community food gardens project was conceptualized during the summary of the outputs of the local government units which trained for the Local Climate Change Action Plan (LCCAP) formulation.

Food security was highlighted as one of the key points of the outputs. It was also noted that the impacts of climate change is a “direct hit” to the local government, communities and areas.

The project outputs would include hunger-free communities through alleviation of poverty, communities free from malnutrition; healthy and productive people and harmonization of all community greening efforts to provide the community with highly nutritious food for the table which is a call to the president’s agenda: “Pagkain sa bawat mesa, laban sa kahirapan para walang matulog na gutom.”

For the project implementation, Rangasa told that he will tap the services of various government partners, local government units (LGUs), non-government organizations (NGOs), academic institutions and groups, such as the Federalismo Alyansa ng Bicol led by Regional Convener Dante Jimenez, who are willing to achieve the project’s goals. He also added that the CFGs will provide the poorest and most vulnerable barangays with organic goods and a source of livelihood.

Also present during the meeting were Climate Change Commission (CCC) Sec. Emmanuel de Guzman, Commissioners Frances Veronica Victorio and Noel Gaerlan and DA USec. Segfredo Serrano DA ASec. Bong Año.

De Guzman assured the commission’s support on the climate change projects on food security by DA. He also praised Piñol for the partnership of the two agencies.

During the meeting, Sec. Piñol presented other projects which will help the agriculture sector be climate change-resilient. Some of which are the Family-Based Agro-Forestry Program and the installation of solar-powered irrigation facilities in remote villages.

Rangasa, together with other stakeholders and project partners, had a closed door meeting last July 4 at the DA Head Office in Quezon City. During the assembly, the LCCAD executive director talked about the importance and benefits of CFGs in the barangays in the country. Project Nationwide Operational Assessment of Hazards (NOAH) Executive Director Mahar Lagmay and other high ranking DA officials were also in attendance during the meeting. (MAL/GAN-LCCAD/PIA5/Albay)

*as posted at PIA Region V website by Marlon A. Loterte