Atimonan One Energy, Inc (A1E) provided 5,000 square meters of land to the farmers of New Carinay Homeowners Association (NCHAI) through the Gulayan sa Bakuran Project.

 

In a bid to continuously improve its existing community programs, Atimonan One Energy, Inc. (A1E) formally partnered with local offices of the Department of Agriculture (DA) for its Gulayan sa Bakuran sa Carinay project.

The livelihood program – which was launched in 2018 – aims to boost vegetable production at the New Carinay Housing Project to ensure food security and provide additional income for the residents.

A1E on October 22 signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Quezon Office of Provincial Agriculture (OPA), Atimonan Office of Municipal Agriculture (OMA) and New Carinay Homeowners Association (NCHAI) to strengthen and make the project more sustainable.

Under the MOU, A1E, OPA and OMA will develop a monitoring and evaluation system that will track the implementation of the project. This is expected to lead to the identification of challenges affecting the project and help NCHAI institute measures to address the problems.

With this MOU, the groups involved in the project hope to further improve the execution of the program and expand the benefits for the NCHAI farmers.

The Gulayan sa Bakuran is part of A1E’s social development efforts under its Kaisa sa Kabuhayan program aimed at uplifting the lives of the residents of NCHAI, which is composed of 47 families who are living at the housing project built by A1E.

Quezon Provincial Agriculturist Roberto Gajo said the project complements with the government’s programs on nutrition and food production, which is even more significant now that the country is in the middle of a fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

In 2019, the OPA and OMA provided assorted seedlings, farming equipment and capacity training on crop production and herbal propagation to the NCHAI.

This year, they also gave out 2,000 packs of vegetables such as eggplants, squash, okra, ampalaya, and sitaw seeds; and five sacks of vermicast fertilizers to the group.

Farmers from the NCHAI are very grateful for the continuous assistance, especially during this time.

“This is a great help for my family in this time of crisis because it is not only a source of food but also additional income for us,” said Roger Trapalgar, a farmer from NCHAI.

In the future, A1E wants the NCHAI to be a leading distributor of different types of vegetables in the municipality of Atimonan and nearby areas.

To achieve this, the company committed to continuously strengthen the Gulayan sa Bakuran sa Carinay program and monitor it accordingly, in partnership with the agriculture agencies, to ensure the sustainability of the program.

A1E is the developer of the proposed 1,200-megawatt high efficiency, low emissions (HELE) coal-fired power plant in Barangay Villa Ibaba, Atimonan, Quezon. The company is a wholly owned subsidiary of Meralco PowerGen Corporation (MGen), the power generation arm of Manila Electric Co. (Meralco).