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Davao City Hall rooftop garden hopes to inspire urban edible landscape

December 20, 2016 By

 

The once bare rooftop of the 4-storey Davao City Hall annex building burst into life as it has been literally transformed into a garden of colorful flowers and green herbs and vegetables.

The garden was opened Monday afternoon with the official turnover of the project by the Department of Agriculture to the Davao City Agriculturist’s office.

City Agriculturist Office Chief Leo Brian D. Leuterio during the turn-over of the Urban Edible Landscape Project Monday morning.

The 250-meter roof deck garden of plants in empty containers and plastic bottles was a collaborative project by the DA, CAO, and the Allied Botanical Corporation. The turnover signaled that the CAO has now full control over the project.

The garden, which is called Urban Edible Landscape Project, will serve as the laboratory for the planned massive urban gardening project of the Davao City local government.

“It is a demo unit for urban container gardening,” said CAO chief Leo Brian Leuterio. “We will open this to the public soon with the primary intention of inspiring people in the community to replicate the concept in their own backyards.”

City Admin. Atty. Zuleika T. Lopez during the turn-over of the Urban Edible Landscape Project Monday morning.

The plan is to make the roof deck an urban organic garden where people can learn the mechanics of food production and enjoy urban green space.

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The project intends to encourage organic container gardening in Davao City – where Dabawenyos can grow organic vegetables and herbs and spices right in their homes or offices and other small or limited spaces.

Monday’s event was attended by DA Undersecretary Evelyn Lavina who expressed the full support of her department to the local government’s plans and programs on agriculture.

During the turn-over of the Urban Edible Landscape Project, (from left to right) City Agriculturist Office Chief Leo Brian D. Leuterio, City Admin. Atty. Zuleika T. Lopez, Dept. of Agriculture USec. Evelyn Laviña, City Veterinarian Dr. Cerelyn Pinili and City Engineer's Office Chief Atty. Joseph Dominic Felizarta.

Agriculture is among the Mayor Sara Duterte’s 10 priorities.

During the turn-over of the Urban Edible Landscape Project, (from left to right) Dept. of Agriculture USec. Evelyn Laviña, City Agriculturist Office Chief Leo Brian D. Leuterio, City Engineer's Office Chief Atty. Joseph Dominic Felizarta, City Admin. Atty. Zuleika T. Lopez.

The mayor has earlier expressed her commitment to making sure that Dabawenyos, especially the children, have enough food to eat.

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The roof deck garden will be made accessible to the public starting next year. CIO