Paranaque City LGU launches edible landscaping project – Manila Bulletin

The Paranaque City government has launched an edible landscaping program called Mag Edible Landscaping Tayo to promote better nutrition and appreciation for organic farming.

Mayor Edwin Olivarez, who initiated the Food Always in the Home (FAITH) project, and Dr. Glen B. Gergosio, Director of the South East Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA), led the start at the municipal nursery in Barangay San Isidro.

Olivarez said Gregorio had shared SEARCA’s efforts in edible landscaping and urban gardening in the country over the past few decades.

SEARCA was able to implement the School plus Home Gardens Project (S + HGP) in more than five schools in the Laguna province.

Gregorio also emphasized that SEARCA also created an edible landscape at SM North Sky Garden in Quezon City, made up of rows of fresh vegetables strategically planted on the edge of the headquarters.

He said the concept of gastronomy has evolved into food and agriculture linked to culture.

Gregorio said that sustainable, creative, and well-thought-out edible landscaping not only beautifies the environment, but also promotes food safety and increases community awareness of healthy living.

Olivarez said some of the FAITH program’s activities include the distribution of various vegetable seeds, fruit trees and ornamental plants.

He said the Municipal Bureau of Agriculture, Fisheries and Water Supply (CAFASO), which hosts the program, also provides training for Parañaquenos living in fish and vegetable food processing.

Last month, the University of the Philippines Los Banos, which has been SEARCA’s host institution since it was founded in 1996, donated around 500 edible landscaping kits to Parañaque to help promote food security amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

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