CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY- In line with the Department of Agriculture’s (DA) food resiliency program dubbed as Ahon Lahat, Pagkaing Sapat (ALPAS) kontra sa COVID-19 or popularly known as the Plant, Plant, Plant program, the 8th Air Reserve Center (ARCen) Philippine Air Force sought the availment of seeds assistance to support farmers and tribal communities to restore their agricultural livelihood amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

On August 26, DA-10 Regional Technical Director for Operations Carlota S. Madriaga handed over 100 packets assorted vegetable seeds to 8th ARCen represented by Staff Sergeant Jeneño S Macahilos.

Particularly, the targeted beneficiaries of the vegetable seeds will be the Indigenous Peoples Community in Barangay Besigan, this city.

SSg Macahilos said, through the provisions, they’d be able to promote an alternative source of livelihood for food production, especially in this trying period.

Of which, he added, is part of their quarterly community engagements of ARCen. Each packet of 4-in-1 garden salad seeds, comprise of cucumber, tomato, iceberg and romaine lettuce, which can be planted to around an area up to 300 square meters.

Aside from the vegetable seeds, additional inputs will also be provided in the form of corn seeds, a week prior their distribution activity in the barangay on September 15. # (John Carl Anito)