Metro Pacific Investments Foundation (MPIF) recently launched Bayan Tanim!, a program to help disadvantaged communities recover from the adverse effects of Covid-19 pandemic by growing household crops.
Bayan Tanim! was developed to provide communities with the means to grow their own vegetables safely at home. In partnership with First Pacific Company Ltd., MPIF turned over the first 100 Bayan Tanim! plant crates to the local government of Brgy.128 Smokey Mountain in Tondo, Manila last week.
The Department of Agriculture supplied the seeds, the “Move Food Initiative” of Agrea Agriculture System International Inc., supplied the planting crates.
The crates contained seeds, seedlings, fertilizer, potting mix, as well as fresh vegetables directly sourced from local farmers.
“Growing your own produce is a simple solution to numerous health, environmental and economic problems,” MPIF president Melody del Rosario (Shown here at the Smokey Mountain turnover) told the Manila Standard.
Bayan Tanim is the third phase of MPIF’s COVID-19 efforts, following PPE distributions to medical frontliners in over a dozen hospitals, and Kaya Natin To, a relief pack distribution effort to over 3,700 families in underserved and marginalized communities.