The Philippine Army has launched its ‘Green Camp’ program to promote food self-sufficiency amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
In partnership with the Department of Agriculture and Tarlac Heritage Foundation, the ‘Green Camp’ program aims to support the government’s efforts to address the socio-economic impact of the pandemic through food sufficiency, as well as promote livelihood programs.
Major General Reynaldo Aquino, on behalf of the Army Commanding General, Lieutenant General Gilbert I. Gapay, affirmed the Army’s commitment to support the national government’s efforts in promoting the culture of food-sufficiency.
“All Army camps nationwide are currently maintaining model farms towards a transformative and sustainable approach to self-sufficiency which is essential to mitigate food shortage,” said Aquino.
During the signing of the Memorandum of Partnership on Monday at the Philippine Army Headquarters in Ft. Bonifacio, Taguig City, Bureau of Plant and Industry’s Assistant Director for Operations and Administration Gerald Glenn Panganiban relayed the message of Agriculture Secretary William Dar, “I wish to emphasize that the threat of hunger is as real as the threat of COVID-19 or any insurgence for that matter. We are confident that we can win the war against hunger through our strategic alliance toward the long term, a strong, resilient, and productive Philippine Agriculture.”
The ‘Green Camp’ program will be implemented in idle camps nationwide. (Jimmyley Guzman, PIA)