Food shortage, climate change, and higher prices of goods. Challenges that are faced by every person on a day-to-day basis.
But as with any problem, there is always a solution.
In line with SUBICWATER’s drive to create innovative means to address pressing concerns for its stakeholders, the company created an Organic Farming Program that aims to educate residents of Olongapo City and the Subic Bay Freeport Zone about the proper practices and benefits of farming in the comforts of one’s home.
The project was initiated in November 2018, wherein workshops were held in the communities of Barangay New Ilalim and Barangay Pag-Asa. The response and support was remarkable, prompting SUBICWATER to continue the project in other areas.
Participants of the Mampueng Tribe Workshop with their certificates.
January and February 2019 saw three more communities benefiting from the project with workshops being held with the Mapueng Tribe in Old Cabalan, Barangay Barreto, and Kanawan Tribe of Morong.
Participants of the Kanawan Tribe Workshop with their certificates.
Workshops are held for two days per community and are divided between a lecture and practical application. During sessions, participants are highly encouraged to interact with the facilitator, Engr. Noel Cruz, who is a TESDA accredited organic farmer and trainer.
Participants of the Barangay Barretto Workshop with their certificates.
At the end of each workshop, communities are provided with the materials that were concocted during the lectures, and participants are given certificates of attendance, provided that they attended both days of the workshop.
As an added bonus, Engr. Cruz provides participants with their own seeds, should they want to create their own garden at home.
Participants from Barangay Barretto listening intently to Organic Farmer, Engr. Noel Cruz.
Kanawan Tribe participants preparing organic materials for their garden.
Even children of the Mampueng Tribe were keen to learn about organic farming!
Barangay Barretto participants preparing the seedling trays.
Participants of the Mampueng Organic Farming Workshop planting seeds in the seedling tray.