- The Philippine Ports Authority-Port Management Office recently turned vacant areas within the Surigao Baseport into vegetable gardens
- Dubbed as ‘Gulayan sa Pantalan’, the project aims to produce healthy food and vegetable products amid the pandemic
- The project was also pushed through to help the environment
Idle areas at the Port of Surigao were turned into vegetable gardens in a bid to boost food supply in the area amid times when food security is affected by the current public health situation.
Personnel of the Philippine Ports Authority-Port Management Office turned vacant areas within the Surigao Baseport into vegetable gardens to produce healthy food and vegetable products amid the pandemic.
The “Gulayan sa Pantalan” project, which aims to transform more idle areas within ports under the Philippine Port Authority into vegetable gardens, was spearheaded by the Port Management Office Surigao Acting Port Manager Froilan Caturla.
Vegetables like eggplants, string beans, spring onions, and lemon grass were planted on the pilot site last May 16 and 17.
Caturla said the port initiated the project not only to increase food sources within their area but also to help the environment; saying that putting up gardens is good for the environment too.
“This greening project is also a great help for us in attaining safe and healthy environment since plants lessen carbon dioxide and produce more oxygen. More oxygen means cleaner air,” Caturla said in a report.
Earlier, the port announced its intention to convert vacant lots into gardens and after almost a month, their efforts have paid off.
“The Port Management Office of Surigao is temporarily converting vacant lots in ports under its jurisdiction into vegetable gardens for sustenance amid the Enhanced Community Quarantine due to COVID-19. Dubbed as ‘Gulayan sa Pantalan’, the project could be a source of food especially in these trying times. The greening project is also a great help in attaining healthy and safe environment,” the port announced on Facebook last April 27.