|MPIF President Melody del Rosario with LRMC Corporate Communications and Customer Relations Head Jacqueline Gorospe and HSEQ Environment and Social System Manager. Louernie de Sales turns over Bayan Tanim plant crates to Capt. Roberto Bunda of Barangay 659A in Manila|
23 September 2020, MANILA, Philippines, — In its continued thrust to uplift and empower the lives of Filipinos as well as to promote food sustainability, the Light Rail Manila Corporation (LRMC), in partnership with Metro Pacific Investments Foundation (MPIF), distributed agricultural starter kits to communities in Pasay and Manila for the Bayan Tanim campaign.
Evoking the spirit of bayanihan in facing the challenges brought about by the new normal, as well as the advocacy of sustainable living and trend of maintaining home gardens, LRMC sponsored 100 crates of tomato, squash, sitaw, ampalaya and talong seeds and seedlings for beneficiaries in Brgy. 190 in Pasay City and Brgy. 659A in Manila.
|Plant crates composed of seeds and seedlings (tomato, squash, sitaw, ampalaya and talong) with fresh vegetables
“We, at LRMC, are committed to doing our part in building a more sustainable society. By supporting MPIF’s Bayan Tanim, we are able to provide agricultural starter kits to 100 families from Manila and Pasay, who are part of the communities that LRT-1 serves. This is one of our ways of reaching out to them in these trying times, while at the same time encouraging people to grow their own food and learn more about where it comes from.”, said Juan Alfonso, President and CEO of LRMC.
|Barangay 659-A officials with LRMC, MPIF, and Alagang Kapatid|
“Growing your own produce is a simple solution to numerous health, environmental and economic problems. There is an untapped potential for small scale home vegetable growing that leads to self-sufficiency, sustainability, including physical and mental well-being,” says MPIF President Melody del Rosario. “During these uncertain and challenging times, Bayan Tanim can transform us into a plant nation for a sustainable means of living that communities can rely on long after this pandemic is over.”
|Pasay City Chief of Staff Peter Eric Pardo, CENRO Operations Superintendent 1 Ronald Rae Salvador and Barangay 190 Kagawad Isabelita Cadungog with the beneficiaries received plant crates|
The seedling crates are provided by partner organization AGREA, an agriculture collective that aims to eradicate poverty for Filipino farming and fishing families, establish food security, and alleviate the effects of climate change in the Philippines.
|Beneficiaries of Barangay 659A in Manila