Growing Together: Iriga city’s initiative to boost local agriculture and foods security

photo courtesy of Lungsod Ng Iriga

The City Government of Iriga, through the City Agriculture Office and the City Health Office Nutrition Division, together with Convoy of Hope Philippines, recently organized a training on vegetable gardening. This initiative aimed to enhance the agricultural skills of Barangay officials and Indigenous Peoples (IPs), including representatives from eight tribal communities: Ilian Tribal Community, Katabog Tribal Community, Rumbang Tribal Community, Sagrada, Cristo Rey Tribal Community, Oyango Tribal Community, Niño Jesus Tribal Community, and San Rafael Tribal Community. The training covered essential gardening techniques, from soil preparation to plant care, ensuring that attendees could effectively grow their vegetables. By empowering community members with practical knowledge, the program aimed to foster a culture of self-sufficiency and healthy living within Iriga City.

During the event, Executive Secretary Jor-el Caayao delivered a compelling speech on the economic significance of farming. He emphasized how agriculture plays a vital role in the local economy, providing livelihoods and sustenance for many families. Caayao also highlighted the unwavering support of the Arriba Administration in advancing the agricultural sector, showcasing various initiatives and resources aimed at aiding farmers.

Additionally, Victor C. Bolano, Agriculture Manager of Convoy of Hope Philippines, spoke about innovative farming practices and the importance of community cooperation in achieving sustainable development. Their addresses inspired participants to actively contribute to the city’s agricultural growth and resilience, reinforcing the administration’s commitment to the well-being of the community.

(Source: Lungsod Ng Iriga)

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