Mr. Roberto D. Gajo, Provincial Agriculturist discussed the programs on Gulayan sa Bakuran and Herbal propagation to the members of New Carinay Homeowners Association during the turned-over ceremony last Nov. 28.
In a bid to continuously expand its existing community programs, Atimonan One Energy, Inc. (A1E) has partnered with local offices of the Department of Agriculture (DA) for its Gulayan sa Bakuran sa Carinay program.
The livelihood program – which was launched in 2018 –aims to boost vegetable production at the New Carinay Housing Project so it could provide food and sustainable livelihood for the residents.
This year, A1E sought the help of the Office of the Provincial Agriculture (OPA) and Office of Municipal Agriculture (OMA) to provide technical expertise, conduct soil sampling and analysis and distribute seeds and fertilizers for the residents.
The expanded Gulayan sa Bakuran sa Carinay program aims to promote food sufficiency and healthy living.
A1E initially urged residents to plant vegetables at their backyards just to sustain the households’ food requirements and later on pushed vegetable farming as source of additional income for the families.
Last September 27, around 2,000 packs of assorted seedlings were distributed to the members of New Carinay Homeowners Association, Inc (NCHAI). These include eggplant, pechay and mustasa seeds, lady fingers (okra) seeds, tomato, cucumber, radish, squash, ampalaya, patola and upo seeds.
A total of 60 herbal seedlings like taragon, insulin plant, luyang dilaw and oregano were also given to them.
NCHAI is composed of 47 families who are living at the housing project that was built by A1E in partnership with Habitat for Humanity.
Prior to the distribution, a seminar regarding crop production and herbal propagation was also conducted by the representatives from OPA to educate the residents on the production of good quality vegetables and medicinal plants and the proper way of maintaining them.
As part of the expanded program, A1E and OPA and OMA officials formally turned over the project to the NCHAI last Nov. 28.
The Quezon provincial government, led by Provincial Agriculturist Roberto D. Gajo, expressed the OPA’s commitment to promote sustainable organic vegetable production at the community level.
“We hope that this program will able to help the residents produce nutritious and economically viable vegetables not only for their own consumption but also will as a source of additional income to help support the basic needs of their families,” said Gajo.
For her part, NCHAI President Michelle Trapalgar believes that the agri-business enterprise project will really serve its purpose and help the residents of New Carinay.
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.
The Gulayan sa Bakuran sa Carinay project is part of A1E’s social development efforts aimed in uplifting the lives of the residents of Atimonan.
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).