The Department of Agriculture (DA) has declared its full support to the Marikina City government’s reforestation project in the upper Marikina River basin and the establishment of communal gardens in its16 barangays.
Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala, together with Marikina Mayor Del de Guzman, led the symbolic handover of 200 seedlings and saplings of various fruit-bearing trees that would help increase the patches of green in the city.
“The goal is to make the city a showcase of urban agriculture that does not only help feed a growing population, but also ensures environmental sustainability as it struggles to avoid a repeat of the 2009 severe floods due to tropical storm Ondoy’s record rainfall,” Alcala told reporters.
For this year, the DA chief has committed over 5,000 planting materials, adding that the agency can deliver more based on the master plan of the city council.
Besides fruit bearing trees, the DA will also assist Marikina’s villages as they establish community vegetable gardens to boost local food production and create a sustainable livelihood and income opportunities for residents.