BONTOC, Mountain Province – Backyard-grown vegetables will soon be added as food on the table to the 15 families that received eggplant and pechay seedlings from the municipal government through the Office of the Municipal Agriculturist (OMAg) on April 26, 2023.
According to Catherine Agcon from the OMAg, 179 eggplant seedlings and 40 packets of pechay seeds were given to the parents of 15 malnourished children from the Agricultural Program Fund.
This health and nutrition intervention of the municipal government aims to promote backyard gardening which is cost-efficient and healthy.
Also, tilapia starter and grower feeds as well as crates were turned over to the fisherfolk from the different barangays in the municipality.
Administrative officer Ross Kiat-ong of the OMAg mentioned that a total of 35 sacks of feeds and 50 crates sourced out from the Gender and Development Program fund were distributed to the fisherfolk who have previously received tilapia fingerlings from the Bureau of Fisheries Aquatic Resources on March 1, 2023.
In his message, Mayor Jerome “Chagsen” Tudlong Jr., assured his administration’s full support to the agriculture and health sector. The mayor further noted that child malnutrition is a serious issue that affects many families in the community.
“It is our collective responsibility to ensure that every child has access to a healthy and balanced diet, and initiatives such as this one,” he added.