Senior citizens in San Rafael village in Mandurriao district here have embarked on a vegetable gardening project, not only to provide them with income but also nutritious food.
Dubbed as “Sa Gulay Hahaba ang Buhay,” the project is now reaping the “fruits” of labor of more than 50 senior citizens involved in vegetable gardening after it was started in January.
The project is in response to Mayor Jed Patrick E. Mabilog’s vision of a greener and healthier Iloilo City through a more involved and active citizenry, especially the elderly, in pursuing environmental programs.
“We want our senior citizens to feel useful in the barangay, for them to enjoy gardening activities that will provide them with their nutritional needs,” Mabilog said.
Vegetables like eggplants, papaya, camote tops, patani or lima beans, and sigarilyas or winged beans are planted in an area in Brgy. San Rafael .
Office of Senior Citizens Affairs (OSCA) chief Emilia Drilon said the seedlings were provided by the seniors themselves.
Just recently, they have harvested grown vegetables which they have sold to residents in the barangay while some cooked them in their homes, even as replanting is now being done.
Drilon said the senior citizens were grouped according to the kind of vegetables they planted. “So they have eggplant group, papaya group, and so on.”