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Open, rehab farm-to-market roads: Labella

CEBU City Mayor Edgar C. Labella has instructed the city agriculturist office and the Committee on Agriculture to focus on the rehabilitation and opening up of farm-to-market roads in the mountain barangays.

Cebu City Councilor Philiip S. Zafra, chairman of the Committee on Agriculture, said that this the reason why at any day, including holidays, he is visiting the mountain barangays to see by himself the farming situation and needs of the rural folks.

Zafra was in Barangay Bonbon, Cebu City last Feb. 24 and asked the people about their needs and how the City Government can immediately respond to it.

Zafra said Labella believed that improving food production is one of the ways to survive the Corona Virus Disease (Covid-19) pandemic.

Last month, Director Salvador Diputado of the Department of Agriculture (DA) 7 has turned over to the Cebu City Government the amount of P14 million for the building of a food terminal.

Zafra said they are now in the final stage of the design and are making some revisions based on the benchmark that they have conducted in Dalaguete, Cebu.

“Hopefully, we could conduct a groundbreaking of the project by March 2021 at SRP (South Road Properties),” Zafra said.

He added that Cebu City also has a forthcoming Memorandum of Agreement MOA) with DA for the urban gardening at SRP.

He said DA will provide the funding support for the project especially in providing free seeds, seedlings and organic fertilizers.

Earlier, Diputado said that if there are 10 to 15 families who want to engage in urban gardening, they are willing to conduct free seminar and provide free seeds and organic fertilizers.

“We will educate the people on how to plant vegetables and crops for a self-sustaining Cebu City so the families who will participate will not rely on buying vegetables in the market,” Zafra said.

He said he dreamed of repeating the times when decades ago, the people planted vegetables and crops in their yards for their own consumption.

Zafra is planning to draft a law to be submitted to Congress to expand the three-meter easement of rivers. He said there is a need for water treatment of the waste of the residents along the rivers. ELIAS O. BAQUERO