Pabonaan: agrillennial way of painting the village green
Making “Tiktok” videos, watching Korean dramas and television shows, or even non-stop surfing in the internet and playing online games are only few of what other young people are doing for their “pampalipas-oras” during this community quarantine brought by the pandemic.
However, in the beautiful city of San Carlos, young people made their time more valuable as they painted their own backyards with green leaves of vegetables and plants.
Answering to the call of the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) of Barangay Balaya in San Carlos City, 68 households participated in the “PABONAAN” For the 2nd Bloom: An Ingenious Backyard Gardening Program and Competition.
“Recycling, livelihood and creating a time for the family,” that’s what hitting birds with one stone means for young leaders led by SK Chairperson Alexandre Doria, as they embarked on a backyard gardening program and competition in April.
“Ang SK ay nagkaroon ng pang-agrikulturang kompetisyon para lamang sa ating mga residente sa ating barangay upang sa gayon ay magkaroon ng oras sa paghahalaman ang kabataan kasama ang buong pamilya at hindi lamang inilalaan sa social media o paglalaro ng online games ang kanilang oras habang umiiral ang community quarantine,” Doria said.
According to Doria, the backyard gardening program, which started on April 27 and ended on June 14, is a program of the Barangay Balaya SK that targets the youth in a resourceful and innovative way of backyard gardening as it aims to instil to the young minds of “kabataan” the beauty and benefits of agriculture.
Knowing that the supply of government assistance for all the residents is limited, Doria said the program also aimed to find an effective solution for the necessity of food for every family in their barangay during this pandemic.
He added that it is also intended to uphold the passion of their constituents, taking the advantage that their community is an agricultural barangay.
During the ‘PABONAAN’ Backyard Gardening Program and Competition, the barangay and SK officials distributed hybrid vegetable seeds such as petchay, bittergourd, eggplant, tomato, stringbeans and squash.
From 68 participating households, participants were trimmed down to 30 finalists and from them; one media’s choice award was chosen together with nine beautiful backyard gardens were announced as winners on June 17.
The residents with highest points garnered during the competition received certificates and cash prizes amounting to P4,500 for the champion or first placer; P3,000 for the second placer; P2,000 for the third placer; and P1,500 each for the fourth to ninth placer; while the Media’s Choice Awardee will also receive P1,000 and a certificate.
The winners with highest points are as follows: Angelica David with 96.17 points who hailed as champion, Virginia Paragas (95.67pts) as second placer, Angeline Resuello (93.67pts) as third placer, and Media’s Choice Awardee with 2,011 heart reactions, Shaider Directo (93.00pts) as fourth placer, Thelma De Guzman (92.50pts) as fifth, Arnel Castro (91.67pts) as sixth placer, Mercedez De Guzman (91.67 pts) seventh winner, Mark Walden Lopez (90.67) as eighth placer and Marivic R. Cancino (90.33 pts) as ninth placer.
As he conveyed his congratulations to the winners, Doria expressed its warmest gratitude for the residents’ participation and cooperation for the success of the program.
“Nawa’y hindi rin po ito ang huling araw ng aming programa para sa inyo, bagkus nawa’y magsilbi itong panimula at maging parte ng ating pang araw-araw na pamumuhay,”Doria said.
Aside from the backyard gardening program, SK Balaya also distributed relief goods and coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) information materials to their constituents which was funded by SK’s realigned budget for the Disaster Preparedness and Management Training and Seminar, supplemental appropriation and donations from good samaritans.
Pabonaan, from its root word “mabona”, is a Pangasinan word which means fertile or “malago” in Filipino. — Source: (JCR/JND/EMSA, PIA Pangasinan)