UPLB, DA to help Muntinlupa in edible landscaping project – Manila Bulletin

The government of the city of Muntinlupa is strengthening its urban gardening program with the help of the University of the Philippines-Los Baños (UPLB) and the Ministry of Agriculture (DA).

About 500 edible landscaping kits were donated by DA Agriculture Research through the UPLB Edible Landscaping Team to the city government for their “Gulayan sa Muntinlupa” program.

Muntinlupa’s Mayor Jaime Fresnedi (3rd from right) shows the donated edible landscaping kit (Muntinlupa PIO / MANILA BULLETIN)

Edible landscaping is the cultivation of organic vegetables, fruits, herbs, and medicinal plants in landscaping. The plants are used for both aesthetic value and consumption.

Mayor Jaime Fresnedi accepted the donation during a handover ceremony on June 22nd together with Prof. Ryan Tayobong, the technical director of Edible Landscaping UPLB, the scientific assistants John Bryan Lawas and Melanie Ilang-Ilang, head of the DA Extension Service Office (DA -ESO) Malou. against Lobo and city administrator Allan Cachuela.

He thanked the DA and the UPLB for the donation and hoped that the partnership would pave the way for more urban agriculture projects in the city.

The DA and UPLB will also provide Muntinlupa with technical support in the development of the City Model Farm in the Muntinlupa Sports Complex in Brgy. Tunasan.

Recently, the city government teamed up with the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and the University of the Philippines Institute of Plant Breeding (UP-IPB) to train communities in hydroponic farming technology.

This is in line with the city’s goal of revitalizing urban agriculture and farming to ensure food security amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

Doña Rosario Heights parish serves as the city’s model urban farm, while the agricultural site in Paradise Garden parish is the city’s model municipal farm managed by the beneficiaries of the 4P (Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program).

DOST donated 200 SNAP (Simple Nutrient Addition Program) kit solutions for hydroponics to the city government, which were distributed to pilot communities.

DA-ESO works with 12 home owner associations, three cooperatives and six youth organizations for the Urban Agriculture Initiative. The advisory service bureau conducts regular urban farming site visits, online training, and community monitoring to ensure the sustainability of the program. It launched the Balitang Agri, a series of educational shows that demonstrate the correct methods for growing vegetables and provide free seeds and saplings to the public to further promote backyard farming.



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