TANTANGAN, SOUTH COTABATO- COVID-19 has been rampaging throughout the world, nations and its economies has been brought to a temporary halt. In fact, On March 16, 2020, President Rodrigo Roa Duterete imposed an Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) in Luzon and other parts of the country restricting the usual movement of the populace to minimize the spread of the virus.
With the implementation of ECQ, government agencies and private companies normal activities were disrupted. Strategies like the implementation of Work From Home (WFH) scheme were activated to help in the nations fight to flatten the curve of COVID-19.
In support to the “Ahon Lahat, Pagkain Sapat Kontra sa COVID-19 or ALPAS COVID-19” and the “Plant, Plant Plant Program” of the Department of Agriculture, ATI Director Alfredo S. Aton, issued a memorandum to all Regional Training Centers directing staff to plant and grow vegetables in their own backyard as part of their accomplishments during this time of uncertainty brought by the pandemic.
Every staff of the ATI-RTC XII were given seeds and a sack of compost for the establishment of their own backyard garden. While working from home, everyone were encouraged to allot time in cultivating the soil and plant their crops to attain food security in their homes. Those with larger areas are establishing garden plots while some with limited spaces gets creative by using available spaces from their backyards and utilizing old and used containers.
Mr. Gregorio M. Cezar, Admin Aide III of ATI-RTC XII shared that even though his space for planting is limited, he was able to make a way. “Akala ng iba mahirap magtanim ng gulay kapag nasa Urban area ka. Pero kung gusto, may paraan. Enjoy na ang pamilya ko sa gardening, sigurado pa kami sa kinakain namin. (Many say that it is difficult to plant if you are residing in an urbanized area. If you really want to plant, you’ll always find ways. My family and I already enjoyed gardening and in addition to that, we are sure that what we eat are safe from any chemicals)”, he said.
Moreover, staff who were locked down at the office and were not able to go home before the travel restrictions also established edible gardens at the available spaces in the office. Some staff happily shares their gardening journeys in facebook and were able to inspire more to grow their own foods.
With the untimely pause from big food producers to supply in the entire world, it important for every individual to secure food for their families. And there is no better way to start food security for the country but to begin it at home. Home grown foods are safe and produced with love.