June 26, 2020 | Virtual Opening Program Via Zoom

Magandang umaga!

I welcome you all to this opening program for the TESDA-NCR-MPLTP-AFPOVAI Urban Farming Project.

I commend TESDA-NCR Regional Director Jun Sunico for coming up with this very timely initiative.

I also commend and thank the 78 AFPOVAI members who signified their interest in joining this program as well as the officers of the village association for their initiative and support.

We know that the idea of farming in an urbanized setting is not new. However, it really has not received the attention and support that it deserves.

In the same manner, when TESDA announced almost two years ago that our priority sector is agriculture, many also did not understand our intentions, as TESDA has long been identified with skills training or tech-voc education.

When the effects of covid-19 started to hit national levels in mid-march, and our supply chains were suddenly broken, it was our mini-organic farms in TESDA’s field offices and training centers that provided the much-needed food supply. TESDA was able to distribute vegetables and other healthy food products to our employees, frontliners, and even the nearby communities.

I believe this more than justifies our thrust towards food security and independence.  Urban farming in the new normal will no longer be just for the hobbyists, as more people start to realize the advantages of eating healthy and growing their own food.

This community-based training program that we will be starting today with the community nearest the headquarters of TESDA, the AFPOVAI, can be the start of a new movement to popularize and mainstream urban farming.

We look forward to seeing the identified 24 areas in the AFPOVAI transformed into healthy green patches very soon through this urban farming development project.

Also, with this training program, we shall see how technical vocational education and training is conducted in the new normal using the blended learning methodology.  

The first part of the training will be through an interactive online session conducted via zoom.  The succeeding hands-on and face-to-face training will be done at the designated venue following the prescribed health and safety measures.

I hope that this project will serve as a model for other communities and barangays in Metro Manila, and that the green and healthy concept of “Farm to Table” will be embraced by more and more of our kababayans.

Maraming salamat sa inyong lahat, and I wish you all the best with your training.

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