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CamSur IPs learn about urban gardening and farming in general.

LEGAZPI CITY, PHILIPPINES – At least 70 Indigenous Peoples (IPs) from Camarines Sur have finished training in urban gardening and varied farming, according to the Department of Agriculture in Bicol (DA-5) on Monday. They are enhancing their skills while conserving and promoting diversity.

IPs from Barangays Del Rosario, Hanawan, San Jose Oras, Gatbo, and Sta. Cruz in Ocampo, Camarines Sur, according to DA-5 spokesperson Emily Bordado in an interview.

“The IPs needed the training since their communities received a variety of vegetable seeds, garden tools, and other farm inputs needed to start their community garden,” Bordado added.

The IPs got interventions from the DA-5’s Kabuhayan at Kaunlaran ng Kababayang Katutubo (4Ks) program, which is implemented in the provinces of Albay, Camarines Sur, Camarines Norte, and Sorsogon in collaboration with the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP).

“Dipisilun a buhay mi bilang sarong agta pero natawan kaming pag-asa kaining mga tabang kan gobyerno para mapakaray asin mapagian a pagbuhay mi,” Dolores G. Candelaria, 74, of Barangay Gatbo, said in a statement.

Candelaria took part in the training at DA-organic Bicol’s farm.

The IPs were given hands-on field practice at their respective venues after the training and were also given assorted vegetable seeds to start their urban gardens.

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