MMDC distributes free veggie seeds for home gardens in Carrascal
In photo (L-R) MMDC Information, Education and Communication Officer HB Dumalagan, Kaneeko Field Staff Ruby Minion, MMDC Social Development and Management Program Coordinator Daryl Estrada, and Carrascal Municipal Agriculturist Japhet Sugian.
Marcventures Mining and Development Corporation (MMDC) donated vegetable seeds to encourage residents of Carrascal to start their home garden and grow their own vegetables amid the ongoing health crisis.
Dubbed “Gulayan sa Panimalay,” the program is part of the municipality’s food sufficiency strategy, where residents are encouraged to produce fresh and healthy food from their backyard to their tables.
A project of the Department of Agriculture’s effort, the program aims to promote home gardening during the enhanced community quarantine, to minimize the family’s daily food expenses. It also supports local rice farmers through financial assistance, free hauling services and direct purchase of their rice products at a competitive farm gate price.
MMDC continues to help its host and neighboring communities through a series of relief operations while under community quarantine.
Its relief operations include distribution of food packs containing rice, canned goods, noodles, milk and other basic needs to residents of different communities in Surigao del Sur.
MMDC has provided immediate help to frontline workers in fighting the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic by distributing various Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) that include face masks, hand soaps, hand sanitizers and essential vitamins. They were also given food packs.
As the current pandemic affects the communities differently, MMDC continues to cooperate with the government’s implemented guidelines and put everyone’s safety and well-being a top priority.