By Ellalyn De Vera-Ruiz
No one is too poor to be able to grow their own food, the government told impoverished families.
The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) urged families to utilize bio-intensive gardening (BIG), a technique that uses seeds and organic fertilizer to grow vegetables, which could help eliminate hunger among poor Filipino households.
“Bio-intensive gardening may seem like a simple project, but it goes a long way towards eliminating hunger and food insecurity among our beneficiaries. It’s a very good effort towards reducing the impact of poverty on families, the DSWD chief also said.
DSWD Secretary Judy Taguiwalo said all beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) and other DSWD programs should be encouraged to raise their own vegetables in their backyards.
She noted that even in the urban areas, people can plant vegetables in small plots of lands and even in pots. More DSWD beneficiaries are becoming empowered to provide for themselves and their families through their own efforts, Taguiwalo added.
“With a little help from the DSWD, more and more of our kababayans (fellow countrymen) are learning to fight poverty and becoming more conscious of good eating and nutrition habits,” Taguiwalo said.
“We want Project BIG to be replicated in all parts of the country, and not just among 4Ps beneficiaries but even among the beneficiaries of other programs, as well as partner civil society organizations,” she added.