Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Wazzup Pilipinas and Villar Sipag Distributes Fertilizers and Seeds to Pasig Community

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We just had a fertilizers and seeds distribution to the residents of Eusebio Bliss Village, now called Pasig City Housing Village 1... basically because we have a new mayor after Bobby Eusebio lost to Vico Sotto.

The fertilizers and seeds were from the office of Senator Cynthia Villar as requested by yours truly for our community here to encourage them to plant vegetables for sustainable living. 

The pandemic and its quarantines has made me a Plantito, since planting is more productive than spending time watching Netflix, especially if you're a Vegetito...or specifically one that plants vegetables instead. The motto is "Grow Your Own Food" or at least whatever is possible inspite of the limited space we have at our building.

Thus container gardening is ideal. You can grow veggies on either pots or any recycled containers may it be a softdrink or mineral water container, an old pail or bucket, an ice cream tub, or whatever you could put in soil, or what I've newly learned during the quarantine: hydroponics - growing plants using a mix of water and nutrient solution.

We have to thank Engr. Mark Dela Vega and his team for delivering the fertilizers and seeds at our village inspite of the rains. I think the storm signal was already at number one as we were bringing down the sacks of fertilizers from the truck.

We are grateful to the prompt action to our request. I am impressed of their immediate response.

"Good morning!

Villar Sipag of Sen. Cynthia A. Villar has donated 50 sacks of fertilizers and 50 packs of seeds.

We aim to establish urban container vegetable gardens in our community in support of the goal to achieve food sustainability amid the COVID-19 pandemic. So you are encouraged here to plant vegetables at the comfort of your own homes using even recycled containers as pots.

For those who are interested to receive a set, and eventually plant the seeds and harvest vegetables after a few weeks, you may want to join us as they deliver it this afternoon around 2 to 3 pm for a photo ops required for their documentation.

Thank you."

That's the message I sent to our group chat on Facebook where the members are all from our building here in our village. There's a total of a hundred units thus that's 100 families on our building alone. It doesn't include the older buildings around us. One of the residents earlier said there were 45 units per building so if there's 8 more buildings then multiply that by 45 then that's a lot more families in our village.

Unfortunately, we can't give everyone since there's only 50 sacks of fertilizers and 50 packs of seeds provided. Though that number is already big for a donation and generous for the office of Senator Cynthia Villar.

I wanted it on a first come, first serve basis so whoever comes to the meeting place (our village basketball court) they get to receive the set. But my wife asked everyone to sign up and list themselves via the group chat. So a bit of confusion since there were others from different buildings who came. Naturally, we can't refuse especially if there are still seeds and fertilizers unclaimed.

"Salamat po sa mga tumanggap ng fertilizers and seeds. Sana po ay itanim ninyo ang mga iyan at alagaan hanggang harvest time.

Ang request ko lang po ay mag post po tayo ng mga pictures on social media to encourage others even those not residing here to "grow our own food" for sustainable living. 

Kung yung Covid-19 virus ay libo-libo na ang pinatay, tayo naman po ay bubuhay dahil hindi tayo magugutom kung magsisipag sa pagtatanim kahit sa mga paso, at recycled containers. Let our pictures infect others to follow our example.

Salamat pong muli."

Siyempre may video coverage rin.

What I'm so proud of is because my first initiative related to this advocacy was a request for seeds from the Bureau of Plant Industry where a few of my neighbors also benefitted from it. 

But now, there's even fertilizers included in this particular effort. 

Hopefully, I'll get to partner with more like-minded  individuals and organizations that will help in advocating "Grow Your Own Food" for a sustainable future for all of us.

Aside from my attempts to share tips and information about urban gardening on social media, these little achievements are meant to be celebrated. 

#WazzupPilipinas #UrbanGardening #VillarSipag #ContainerGardening #VegetableGarden #Plantito #Plantita #Vegetito #Vegetita #GrowYourOwnFood #SustainableLiving

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