Environment

Inday Sara hopes to turn Davao into urban organic garden

August 5, 2016 By

Davao City Mayor Inday Sara Duterte supports the move to turn the city into an urban organic garden as the local government aggressively undertakes programs that are aimed at ensuring there is safe and sufficient food for the people.

The Mayor has issued the green light for the proposal to develop the rooftop of the City Hall’s annex building into a model organic garden where people can both learn the science and art of safe food production and enjoy urban green space.

“Among the priorities of my administration is food security,” said the mayor as she stressed that the agriculture sector can expect her full support.

“We want to make sure that people, especially our children, do not go hungry. Our objective is to come up with programs that will ensure that Dabawenyos have enough food to eat.”

One of the programs of the City Agriculture Office (CAO) is to encourage organic container gardening in Davao City where Dabawenyos can grow organic vegetables and herbs and spices right in their homes or offices despite small or limited spaces.

“The project aims to develop the mentality among residents of the city that they can still plant organic vegetables even if their spaces are very limited,” said Leo Brian Leuterio, CAO head.

By using empty cans, plastics bags, or pots, Dabawenyos will be able to grow their own food that is safe, in a cheap and sustainable way.

The gardens, Leuterio said, will be set up in spaces such as garage, parking areas, sidewalks, balconies, decks, or bare walls of schools or offices.

The city government, Leuterio said, is working hand in hand with the Department of Agriculture for the realization of Mayor Sara’s food security and agriculture agenda.

“We want to make sure that the city’s food production is secured despite threats like climate change,” Leuterio said. CIO