Bahay Kubo-Kimchi Demo Farm initiated in Palo town
PALO, Leyte, Mar 16 (PNA) –The local government unit of Palo recently signed a memorandum of agreement with the Korean Churches Consortium for Disaster Relief in the Philippines (KCDP) and the Philippine Bahay Kubo Movement for the set-up of a five-hectare Bahay Kubo-Kimchi Demo Farm.
The project will be located in Brgy. Castilla, Palo, Leyte and is part of the agricultural rehabilitation effort of the local government of Palo for food, health and livelihood through crop production.
Mayor Remedios “Matin” Petilla said that in line with the recovery thrust of the provincial government of Leyte, the town of Palo is also pushing typhoon affected families to plant high value crops and vegetables for food support and livelihood.
Mayor Petilla said the demo-farm will be planted with various high value vegetables and grow different livestock.
Most of the plants that will be grown inside the demo-farm are those vegetables contained in the famous Filipino song “Bahay Kubo.”
The five-hectare lot was made available courtesy of the Peace Foundation through its president Atty. Ramon Pedrosa, a native of Palo.
Mayor Petilla likewise added that she is pushing for massive replanting for “food security” of their municipality as well as “livelihood intervention” for families who lost their livelihood during the typhoon.“
Aside from encouraging backyard vegetable garden for our people, they can also market the surplus of their harvest for additional income,” Petilla said in an interview.
As a partnership project, the location of the demo-farm was secured by the local government unit of Palo, the Bahay Kubo Movement will supply the seeds while the KCDP will provide the technology.
Bahay Kubo Movement contends that with the increasing unemployment and yet with challenge of the vast tract of idle, unproductive lots and land, urban and rural gardening will increase the production potentials for food, health and livelihood.
As parties to the MOA Mayor Petilla and Atty. Pedrosa signed as first party; Rev. Dr. Yeong Hoon (CCIK), Rev. Dr. Lee Tae Geun (PCDP), Rev. Dr. John Oh (World Dakonia), and Rev. Dr. Dong Youp Kim (Presbyterian Church of South Korea) represented KCDP as second party; and, Dr. Jose Pepito M. Cunanan of the Philippine Bahay Kubo Movement signed as the third party. (PNA)