The Gasili Vegetable Planters Association of Brgy. Wakas North in Pilar received a greenhouse with hydroponics, pump and engine, multi-cultivator, plastic crates and seedling trays from the Department of Agriculture, under its High-Value Crop Diversification (HVCD) Program, today, October 26.
“Napakapalad na ang Brgy. Wakas North sa Pilar ay isa sa mga pilot areas ng mga programa ng national government. Kapag po nasiguro natin ang supply dito sa ating Lalawigan, mas maganda po iyon para hindi na natin kailangang magpasok mula sa ibang lugar,” Vice Governor Cris Garcia said as she led the awarding ceremony this morning. Pilar Mayor Charlie Pizarro thanked representatives from the Department of Agriculture Regional and Central Offices as well as their local counterparts for their efforts to uplift the lives of his constituents in Pilar. He also assured the farmers that the inter-agency coordination will continue to cascade more programs for them.
Bataan Provincial Agriculturist Engr. Johanna Dizon, in her message, emphasized that their HVCD programs are prioritized as they aim to maintain their standing as top-performing province in the region. “Ginagawa po namin ito hindi lamang para sa recognition. Number 1 ang Bataan sa high-value crop diversification program kasi kapag number 1 ang lalawigan, mas maraming interventions ang maibibigay ng DA sa ating lalawigan na makikita po natin sa mga programa na ibinababa natin sa mga farmers. Kaya po kami ay nagsusumikap maging number 1.”
Dizon also disclosed that they are planning to tap more farmers for the supply of vegetables in line with Governor Joet Garcia’s Healthy School Setting Program where a balanced meal in school for lunch is available, citing Japan as its proof-of concept.
DA RFO3 RTD Eduardo Lapuz Jr and DA Central Office representative Jeffrey Rodriguez led the awarding of Certificate to the Beneficiary, and the signing of Memorandum of Agreement and Deed of Donation for the greenhouse. “Napakalaking tulong po talaga nito sa amin. Hindi po namin kayo bibiguin at patuloy po naming pagyayamanin ang ibinigay nyo sa amin,” Mr. Romeo Ruiz, Gasili Vegetable Planters Association Chairperson responded.