Department of Agriculture RFU 5
San Agustin, Pili, Camarines Sur
September 11, 2013


Second batch of veggie prod'n training held

CAMP SIMEON OLA, LEGAZPI CITY --Sixty (60) policemen and women from the Regional Public Safety Battalion; city/municipal police stations; women and children's protection desk; Reg'l Police Community Relations Division; and Police Provincial Offices of Albay, Cam. Norte, Catanduanes, Sorsogon and Masbate underwent a three-day training on Vegetable Production at Camp Simeon Ola here on September 10-12, 2013.

Atty. Clarence Villanueva Guinto, Police Chief Superintendent and Acting Regional Director of Bicol Philippine National Police said the topics maybe new to the policemen but they will surely love it because growing and eating vegetables does not only make people fit and healthy, it also gives an added income. He added that "in gardening there is greener life and glittering gold." He added that the Gulayan sa Kampo is one way of supporting the Agrikulturang Pilipino or Agri-Pinoy, which is the over-all strategic framework of the Department of Agriculture that guides the various services and programs of the DA from 2011-2016 and beyond.

Topics discussed during the training proper include: Opportunities in Vegetable Production by Dr. Gloria Salazar, Vegetable Program Focal Person; Cultural Management of Vegetables by Susan Joven, Agriculturist II; Weed Management by Vincent Paz, Baao Municipal HVCDP Coordinator; Vegetable Seed Production by Joven; and Organic Fertilizer Production and Application by Paz.

Aside from the seedlings, the DA also provided garden tools and production guides to the participants. During the training, the policemen and women were able establish their gardens planted with eggplant, tomatoes and pepper.
Salazar said these crops are good as starter crops since they require very little inputs, they are very easy to grow and will bear fruits in less than three months.
This is the second batch of training in the region under the DA-DND Agricultural Livelihood Program which was launched at Fort Magsaysay in Nueva Ecija on May 2, 2013 by Agriculture Secretary Proceso J. Alcala of DA and Defense Secretary Voltaire T. Gazmin. The first was held at Cam. Sur Police Provincial Office in Naga City on August 28-30, 2013.

This five-year nationwide project of the DA and DND aims to turn idle lands in military camps into productive vegetable farms and a viable source of food.
(Lovella Guarin)

The participants and the speakers during the training on vegetable production at Camp Simeon Ola in Legazpi City.