Philippines: Legarda’s greenhouse project in San Remigio seen to boost Antique’s counter-insurgency efforts

Senatorial candidate and house deputy speaker Loren Legarda’s greenhouse project in San Remigio, Antique, is seen to boost the provincial government’s anti-insurgency efforts, according to locals and agriculture officials in San Jose.

Legarda, who is seeking a Senate comeback in the upcoming 2022 senatorial elections, had allocated funds under the Department of Agriculture (DA) for the establishment of seven (7) greenhouses in Barangay. Aningalan, San Remigio, equipped with a storage tank and water catchment to help Antiqueño farmers in the upland Barangay in the area to produce the best quality of high-value crops and boost their income, especially during the off-season.

At least eight (8) Barangays are said to benefit from the greenhouses that house different varieties of flowers, lettuce, bell peppers, cherry tomatoes, and high-value crops such as cauliflower, cabbages, and broccoli. Nick Calawag, an agriculturist based in Antique, working at the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist (OPA), is currently overseeing half of the operations of the greenhouse farm. For now, the contractor, Turbo Bloom, is in charge of the technical maintenance of the greenhouses.

According to Calawag, San Remigio has been struggling to fight insurgency, and the lawmaker has chosen to fund the project and build the greenhouse after seeing the many small farms in Aningalan to encourage people not to join rebel groups.


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