AGRI Partylist Rep. Orestes Salon made the call on Tuesday after the House Committee on Food Security consolidated four measures seeking to promote the use of urban agriculture in all urban areas in the Philippines. (Photo: Rep. Orestes T. Salon/Facebook)
“The urgency of addressing our nation’s food security should guide us in our actions,” Salon said.
By Philippine News Agency
October 10, 2017
Salon said the proposed law could help improve the country’s food supply and could positively impact employment and income generation for urban settlers.
Under the bill, an Office of Urban Agriculture shall be established by the Department of Agriculture.
The said office shall be mandated to study and make recommendations regarding the impact of urban agriculture and vertical farming in metropolitan communities, and develop a research agenda on urban agriculture.
The places to be considered for use in urban agriculture include idle or abandoned government lots and buildings owned by the government, or available land within state colleges and universities.
Local government units will be required to formulate policies on the practice of urban agriculture and on utilizing urban and unused spaces and idle lands.
They shall also be required to enact local legislation institutionalizing urban agriculture as a regular component in the annual appropriations of the concerned LGUs.