THE City Veterinary and Agriculture Office (CVAO) has established eight strawberry greenhouses so far in Baguio’s various barangays, with more planned for construction by the end of the year.
According to Dr. Brigit Piok, head of the CVAO, the project to provide strawberry greenhouses as livelihood assistance started in the past year, and four more strawberry greenhouses are expected to be established by year-end.
Six of the greenhouses were provided by the Department of Agriculture (DA) as part of its initiatives in urban agroculture, while two of the eight were sourced from the Jaime V. Ongpin Foundation, Inc. (JVOFI) through Mayor Benjamin Magalong.
Piok says that once put up and given the initial plants and runners, residents and associations of the tapped barangays can then propagate and care for the plants.
However, the project will only be funded until the end of the year.
Piok said that the city has met with DA Secretary William Dar with talks of potential future funding for sustaining the project beyond year-end.
The mayor has also expressed his intention to look for alternative sources of funding for the project in order to continue the livelihood assistance, should Dar and the DA pull out their support.