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By Prince Golez

Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles on Sunday urged more Filipinos to become “plantitos” and “plantitas,” saying that growing their own food has many benefits.

Growing plants at home would encourage Filipino families to eat what they grow and increase their vegetable intake, Nograles said in a press statement.

“Ako, full support ako dito. In fact, in Task Force Zero Hunger (TFZH), we promote urban gardening, community gardens, urban agriculture so that homes and communities have their own supplies of vegetables in their own backyards and are assured of access to nutritious food,” the government’s TFZH head added.

“We hope this culture of urban and home gardening takes root in our country. We should go beyond being plantitos and plantitas––dapat maging vegetitos and vegetitas na rin tayo.”

Nograles also urged barangays to adopt the “Gulayan sa Barangay” (GSB) program as a means to ensure a steady source of healthy produce for the community.

In 2019, the Department of Interior and Local Government issued a memorandum circular, directing all local government units to adopt the GSB program and establish organic gardens in their jurisdictions “to ensure a sustainable supply of organic produce and encourage the community to be self-sufficient.”

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