Senator Cynthia A. Villar will lead today the groundbreaking ceremonies for the construction of two roads in Baseco Compound, Tondo, Manila,that will provide more convenience and comfort to its residents.
There will also be the launching of vegetable gardening with Bureau of Soil and Water Management (BSWM) and clean-up drive and mangrove planting at Barangay 649 in Baseco.
Around 300 volunteers, including residents, will participate in these activities under the Villar SIPAG (Social Institute for Poverty Alleviation and Governance), where the senator sits as its director.
The senator, chair of the senate committee on agriculture, has been promoting urban gardening to make wise use of open spaces in subdivisions and barangays.
She noted that urban gardening is not only farming for the needs of the community because later on, it will also be a source of income for the neighborhood.
"The benefits to the community are numerous. Not only does urban farming provide a green space in the community it also makes use of kitchen wastes as compost and used water to irrigate the soil," she said.
"Urban agriculture while encouraging healthy eating habits can also help build harmonious relationship among neighbors. This is a shared project that will benefit the whole community," she added.
She also partnered with organizations to conduct free training on urban gardening for the residents.
The lady senator, also chair of the senate environment committee, has adopted Brgy. 649 in Baseco Compound where she has been planting mangrove trees and conducting clean-up activities on a monthly basis.
Villar SIPAG will provide the inputs to the volunteers and other individuals who will join the clean-up and mangrove planting.
Aside from the Bureau of Soils and Water Management of DA, the other partners of Villar SIPAG in these activities are the Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission (PRRC), Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Maynilad, Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), Department of Health (DOH), Philippine Airforce and the Kabalikat sa Kaunlaran ng Baseco,Manila.
Kagawad Joy Camapanera of Brgy. 649, Baseco, Mrs. Dorina Tantoco, Head Block Coordinator, Salvador Velasco of CSF, Kagawad Edith Castillo and Engr. Boy Fabian, Contractor of Road, Georgie Tenolete of Kabalikat sa Kaunlaran ng Baseco, Sonia Salguero Asst. Director of Bureau of Soils & Water Management, Boysie Sabino Executive Director of East - West Seed Foundation, Engr. Israel Camposano of Department of Health - NCR, Aida Esguerra Division Chief of Department of Environment & Natural Resources - NCR, Jacel J. Paguio Asst. Regional Director for Operations of Department of Social Welfare Development - NCR, Michael Brusola of Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission Group, John Mendoza Head of Community & Livelihood Development, Lt. Junie Janjani of Philippine Airforce, OOCL Philippines Shipping Lines, Pres. Norma Lozano and VP Anna Alnajar Lazo of National Council of Women of the Philippines, Nenete Qua District Chairman of Inner Wheel Club District 383, Ebu Villanueva Committee Chair - Clean and Green of Las Pinas & Environs Pres - peaches Nasser and Inner Wheel Club Reds of San Nicolas Makati, Muntinlupa Filinvest, Makati North.
Source: Senate of the Philippines