The Balanga city government through the leadership tandem of Mayor Francis Garcia and Vice Mayor Vianca Venzon-Gonzon is encouraging community vegetable farming.
The city government in fact launched a program feting community farmers dubbed “Farmer of the Week”.
Garcia and Vice Venzon-Gozon want to recognize the contribution of local farmers to community development and inspire local residents to go into farming.
The City Agriculture Office announced that Balanga Farmer of the Week is Juldan Rivera Mercado from Brgy. Ibayo. She is a member of the group Kaanib in their barangay and has been planting in village Kaanib garden for 2 years.
She started planting vegetables in her own backyard and now earning from selling the produce. Nutritious vegetables are also now available to her family.
“We want Balanga residents to go into farming regardless of their profession and vocation”, said the City Agriculture Office.
The tandem of Garcia and Venzon-Gozon is pushing for agricultural development in the city. Members of Sangguniang Panlungsod are fully supporting the city agricultural program.