Aside the economic setbacks and misplaced workers caused by the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic,food security looms to become an issue in the long run. In the light of this, the Department of Science and Technology-Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (DOST-PCAARRD) launched the “GALING PCAARRD Kontra Covid 19” program on Wednesday.

In partnership among several government agencies and private sector groups, GALING (Good Agri-Aqua Livelihood Initiatives Towards National Goals) is aimed to lessen the growing problem on food security and livelihood, as well as help assist in the food supply.

“Food production technologies, food products, and livelihood will be shared via this program,” said PCAARRD executive director Reynaldo Ebora.

The GALING program has three components:

  • Teknolohiya at kaalaman para sa pamayanan is about a boost in PCAARRD’s information circulation, in which all the agencies’ brochures and other information materials can now be accessed easily through its e-library and social media sites. These information materials include guidelines in planting vegetables, as well as distribution of printed brochures by the Department of Agriculture-Bureau of Plant Industry (DA-BPI).
  • Alalay sa pamayanan is a component that enables PCAARRD and partners to distribute food products to affected communities and front-liners.
  • Pagkain at kabuhayan para sa pamayanan enables PCAARRD to promote urban gardening and community background vegetable gardening, which include village-scale chicken meat and eggs production system, as well as other measures that nobody can do in the backyard or within the village or community.

“In the midst of pandemic, we shouldn’t forget that people has other needs such as to have an enough supply of nutritious food. Many people also lost their jobs, so we need to help them find livelihood as well,” said DOST Secretary Fortunato dela Peña.

Visit the site via DOST-PCAARRD’s official portal: http://www.pcaarrd.dost.gov.ph/home/portal/index.php/galing

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