Navotas City Unveils P7 Million Greenhouse to Boost Food Security and Urban Gardening

Navotas City inaugurates a P7 million greenhouse facility to provide fresh, organic produce and promote urban gardening. The facility, funded by the DILG, aims to address food security concerns and manage compostable waste.

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Navotas City Unveils P7 Million Greenhouse to Boost Food Security and Urban Gardening

Navotas City Unveils P7 Million Greenhouse to Boost Food Security and Urban Gardening

The local government of Navotas City inaugurated a new P7 million greenhouse facility in Barangay Tanza 2 on Monday, May 13. The facility aims to provide fresh and organic produce to residents, promote food security, and serve as a learning site for urban gardening.

Why this matters: This initiative addresses a critical concern of food security, which is essential for the well-being of citizens, especially in urban areas. By promoting local food production and waste management, the city can reduce its reliance on external sources and mitigate the impact of food crises.

The greenhouse was made possible through a P7,000,000 financial subsidy from the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) as part of the 2022 Seal of Good Local Governance. It is designed to be an extension of the Navotas Materials Recovery Facility (MRF), which contains the city's Biodegradable Waste Processing Equipment.

The compost produced by the equipment will be used to grow a variety of plants and vegetables in the greenhouse. The facility also features additional composting methods, waste processing equipment, a room for mushroom production, and a hydroponics system.

Navotas City Mayor John Rey Tiangco emphasized the importance of the greenhouse in addressing food security concerns, stating, "Food security has long been a pressing concern, but it was during the pandemic that we experienced firsthand how important it is to have sufficient and sustainable food sources. Hence, we sought to strengthen our urban agricultural initiatives."

Mayor Tiangco further highlighted the facility's role in promoting local food production and resilience, saying, "In addition to our vertical farm at the NavotaAs Homes II, our greenhouse facility will bolster our capability to provide fresh produce locally and mitigate reliance on external sources. By empowering Navoteños to grow their own food, we fortify our resilience against food crises."

The mayor also emphasized the greenhouse's function in managing compostable waste, stating, "The greenhouse isn't just about providing sustainable food for Navoteños. It also serves as a solution to manage compostable waste, transforming it into valuable resources."

The facility is expected to benefit an estimated 6,972 housing beneficiaries at Navotas Homes 1, who will receive complimentary compost for their backyard gardening, free seedlings, and priority access to vegetable harvests. The city government will collaborate with the Navotas Schools Division Office to establish the greenhouse as a venue for hands-on learning on urban gardening for students, out-of-school youth, and other trainees. The 18 barangays of the city may also request the same from the City Environment and Natural Resources Office as needed.

The inauguration of the Navotas City greenhouse facility marks a significant step towards promoting food security, waste management, and urban gardening in the city. The P7 million project, funded through the DILG's Seal of Good Local Governance, will provide residents with access to fresh, organic produce while serving as an educational resource for sustainable agricultural practices.

Key Takeaways

  • Navotas City inaugurates P7 million greenhouse facility for fresh produce and urban gardening.
  • Facility aims to promote food security, reduce reliance on external sources, and mitigate food crises.
  • Greenhouse will use compost from biodegradable waste processing equipment to grow plants and veggies.
  • 6,972 housing beneficiaries to receive free compost, seedlings, and priority access to harvests.
  • Facility to serve as educational resource for urban gardening, waste management, and sustainable practices.