LEGAZPI CITY, ALBAY (PIA5/Albay)---The Provincial Government of Albay (PGA) through Albay Provincial Agricultural Office (APAO) launched the Go Green, Grow Green Albay Program (GGGGAP) on March 3, Friday at Albay Astrodome Legazpi City.
GGGGAP aims to guarantee food security, increase agricultural production, and eliminate hunger in the province.
The said program is in line with the national government’s Green Revolution Program in compliance with the Department of Interior and Local Government’s (DILG) Memorandum on Halina’t Magtanim ng Prutas at Gulay (HAPAG) sa Barangay project.
According to Albay Governor Atty. Edcel Grex Lagman, GGGGAP has two components which include food production and beautification to achieve its goal.
‘’By promoting agriculture and providing resources to our farmers, we can increase our food production and ensure that our communities have access to nutritious, locally grown food,’’ Gov. Lagman said.
‘’At the same time, by beautifying our barangays, we can create a more livable environment for our residents and visitors, while also promoting the protection of our natural resources,’’ he added.
APAO Administrative Officer Grace P. Teano stressed that all LGUs and barangays in Albay are encouraged to file their entries, and to join the search for the Cleanest and Greenest LGU/Barangay under the Beautification Clean and Green component of the GGGGAP.
‘’This program is a testament of our shared commitment to sustainable development, food security, and environmental stewardship,’’ Gov. Lagman said.
Gov. Lagman also highlighted that food security and environmental protection are both significant to achieve the goal of the said program.
‘’By empowering the barangays to plant fruits and vegetables, we are essentially relieving the burden of production from the agricultural sector and help create a self-sustaining communities for the years to come,’’ Gov. Lagman said.
He also encouraged every individual in the community to take part in the activities of the program to promote a healthier environment, sustainable, and beautiful province at present and in the future.
Present in the said activity are Department of Agriculture (DA) Bicol, Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Agricultural Training Institute Regional Training Center V (ATI RTC 5), Ako Bicol, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Department of Tourism (DOT), American Youth Policy Forum (AYPF) Barangay Municipal and City Local Government Units as supportive partner agencies of the program.
Cover photo courtesy of: Gov. Edcel Grex Lagman