Catanauan, Quezon, April 30, 2020 – Despite the outbreak of Corona Virus 2019 Pandemic that we are facing this year, still, there is an important work that is both economically and ecologically-friendly that can be done to contribute to our society – it is through gardening.

Under work from home status, personnel of Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (DENR-CENRO) Catanauan, Quezon employees joins the challenge to establish front yard and backyard vegetable gardens using compost and recycled materials such as plastic containers, old tires, bamboo, coconut shell, plastic bags, bottles and etc. 

The activity is in line with the memorandum of Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer (PENRO) Alfredo C. Palencia dated April 14, 2020, entitled “Gulayan Project Challenge” in Quezon Province from April 15-30, 2020. It aims to help address the crisis on food production due to operational limitations and health risks brought by COVID-19. 

“It is the least that our personnel can do to help our community, but if we all join the challenge, it will have a huge impact on our society” CENRO Joselito D. Barros said in an interview. 

Today, DENR-CENRO Catanauan, Quezon employees will continue to grow crops while our country is still in a state of crisis due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Gulayan Project Challenge makes each employee creative in making their gardens. The neighbors and others who can see the gardens that are made by unique ideas of each employee will surely inspire them to do the same.

Gardening can be a major contribution to the community and its environment because it provides an alternative source of food to each employee and it is climate-resilient.

Planting is not only for addressing food shortage but also for our nature and for our future. ###