City poor households arrange meals gardens to deal with starvation amid pandemic

Urban poor families set up food gardens to cope with hunger amid pandemic

Surveillance chief Arbie Santacera with Apple Montales and Estrelita Sanchez water their vegetables on an empty lot that has been turned into urban gardening along Clemente Road, Barangay Payatas B, Quezon City.
INQUIRY PHOTO / RICHARD A. REYES

MANILA, Philippines – With the new coronavirus pandemic, the residents of Barangay Payatas in Quezon City have found a new reason to band together due to a lack of food aid and jobs.

They have turned concrete walls, backyards, and empty lots into urban food gardens – where patches of leafy green vegetables keep their community alive despite months of lockdown.

“It also gives us the motivation to wake up every day to see how our vegetables are doing. It would make us smile if our lettuce leaves or eggplants grew day by day, ”said Gilda Rollamas, one of the volunteer mothers of the Ina ng Lupang Pangako community.

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