DAGUPAN CITY – At least 60 households from 10 barangays here received food production assistance under the Integrated Community Production Project of the national government on January 24.

The project was facilitated by the National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC) in partnership with the city government through the City Agriculture Office and the City Nutrition Office.

The project aims to answer the recipients’ need for food especially those with issues concerning the nutritional needs of their children.

Mayor Belen T. Fernandez said the food production assistance will augment the income of the family by encouraging housewives to engage in backyard gardening and livestock raising.

“Ito ay pandagdag sa income ng kanilang mga asawa na engaged sa carpentry works para magkaroon sila ng stable na food in the table and to enable them to send their children to school,” said Fernandez.

City Agriculture Officer Emma J. Molina said the recipients will be grouped into an organization and the city will conduct input assessment and to develop them to engage in business later on.

Molina also assured that each recipient will be monitored weekly by her office and the City Nutrition Office “and  i-assess natin kung ano pa yung kanilang pangangailangan” she said.

Each of the recipients received cuttings of sweet potato and cassava, two pieces of banana plants (saba),  five pairs of chicken and ducks, bags of animal manure and organic fertilizers, assorted vegetable seeds, a kilo of African night crawler, sprinkler, seedling tray, pick mattock, rake, hoe and shovel.

The distribution was done in three areas one in front of the National Bureau of investigation, another in Barangay Malued and the third in Barangay Mangin. (Joseph C. Bacani/CIO/Jan. 25, 2018)