CLARK FREEPORT ZONE — Various government agencies signed a memorandum of agreement that will ensure the food security in the province of Pampanga during the coronavirus pandemic.
The Clark Development Corporation (CDC), the Provincial Government of Pampanga, Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) and Pampanga Police Provincial Office (PPPO) signed the agreement dubbed as the Kaligkasan Food Security Project, which is in line with the national government’s Balik Probinsiya, Bagong Pagasa program that aims to provide enough produce for the province.
According to CDC President Noel Manankil, the initiative will also promote a clean and healthy environment for all that exemplifies eco-tourism, environmental protection and food security.
The project will utilize a 1.5-hectare land to be used as a food garden inside the Mt. Arayat National Park, which is intended as a sustainable source of highlands vegetables such as potatoes, tomatoes, okra, eggplant and hot pepper for consumption of the people of Pampanga.
The CDC, for its part, will provide financial support for the preparation of the area, planting and development of a small water impounding system of the garden as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility program.
The provincial government, PENRO and PPPO will take charge of the land preparation including surveying and mapping, as well as monitoring, maintenance, mobilization and other relevant processes needed for the project.