CAMP AGUINALDO, Quezon City – The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) in partnership with the Department of Agriculture (DA) conducted a whole day introductory seminar on urban farming to soldiers and their dependents on Saturday, May 23.

The seminar is part of the initiative “Ahon Lahat, Pagkaing Sapat Kontra COVID19 Program” (ALPAS SA COVID-19), which was launched on April 28. The DA sent Mr. Robert C. Blanco from the Bureau of Plant Industry as the activity’s subject matter expert. The lecture was held at the Camp Aguinaldo Daza Park where the participants visited the adjacent vegetable farm and rabbit raising area.

The program seeks to promote and support food production in urban areas during the COVID-19 pandemic by educating soldiers and their dependents living inside Camp Aguinaldo on the different types of urban farming.

The participants were introduced to the different types of urban farming. They were also shown a practical demonstration and a tour of different urban farming model sites in the “OJ7 Urban Farming Garden” inside Camp Aguinaldo.

Major General Edgardo De Leon, the AFP Deputy Chief of Staff for Civil Military Operations personally toured the participants to the vegetable garden at his office in Camp Aguinaldo. He further emphasized that this endeavor will not only benefit soldiers and their dependents but also the community. He then enjoined everyone to take on the new normal in helping the nation win the war against COVID-19.

As part of the program, the AFP also directed its different unit commanders to implement and support sustainable food production in their respective camps.

“Through this, our soldiers and their families will be able to ensure the availability and sustainability of food, and provide an alternative livelihood during our nation’s battle against the dreaded virus,” AFP Chief of Staff General Felimon Santos Jr said.

“With aid from the Department of Agriculture, it is high time for us to pursue this endeavor not just to give us temporary point of supply during this time of crisis but also to provide us with sustainable source of essential goods,” General Santos Jr added.