About the Campaign
With the CoViD-19 pandemic affecting much of the whole world in 2020, people had to learn to adapt and continue life amidst the health restrictions and unique challenges of the time. DOST-PCAARRD facing the same challenges had to adapt and continue its work to contribute to addressing the fears, doubts, and insecurity prevailing among the public. The Council had learned how to reach out to people mostly confined to their own homes and mobility restricted.
As a quick response to the government-led efforts against the CoViD-19 pandemic in accordance with the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act, DOST-PCAARRD launched the GALING-PCAARRD Kontra CoViD-19 Program. The Council through this program opened up facilities, devised new strategies, and ramped-up its traditional and social media initiatives and efforts.
A total of 64 projects and 12 activities and initiatives from existing DOST-PCAARRD projects had been approved with an estimated total investment of PhP 174 million in collaboration with over 48 partner institutions. As of March 11, 2021, there were 50 ongoing projects across the Philippines: 32 projects in Luzon, 5 in Visayas, and 13 in Mindanao. By sector, there were 28 projects under crops, eight aquatic, six livestock, five forestry, and three cross-cutting.
Components of the GALING-PCAARRD Kontra CoViD-19 Program
Component 1. Teknolohiya-Kaalaman para sa Pamayanan.
This component focuses on the dissemination and circulation of different Information, Education, and Communication (IEC) materials using various communication platforms.
Component 2. Lingkod Alalay sa Pamayanan
This component focuses on the distribution of food products, disinfectants, alcohol, personal protective equipment (PPEs) and provision of support services to affected communities and frontliners. This is in response to the call to immediately extend assistance to families and individuals affected by the Community Quarantine.
Beneficiaries of the 10 technology transfer projects/programs
Food related assistance distributed to beneficiaries
Non-food related assistance distributed to beneficiaries
Component 3. Pagkain at Kabuhayan sa Pamayanan
This component supports the various food production and livelihood projects such as Gulayan sa Pamayanan, Tilapia para sa Pamayanan, and Manok at Itlog para sa Pamayanan.
Component 4. DOST-PCAARRD in the Regions
The fourth component comprised the Quick Response Project (QRP) proposals from 15 Consortia based on the assessed and identified ongoing and prospective activities needed to address CoViD-19 concerns and impacts in the regions.
Component 5. Rebuilding the Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources in Response to CoViD-19 (ReAARRC)
It is the R&D and innovation component of the GALING-PCAARRD Program. The ReAARRC activities and projects will focus on non-food/non-crops initiatives such as production of coconut ethyl alcohol, Lapnis-framed face shields, bamboo soap products, bamboo-abaca handsfree disinfectant dispenser and foot bath prototypes, and development of Giant Swamp Taro chipping machine and GIS-based system.
Component 6. Gulayan sa Pamayanan
An offshoot of the initial Gulayan sa Pamayanan project under Component 3 offering urban agriculture technologies such as Enhanced Potting Preparation (EPP) and Simple Nutrient Addition Program (SNAP) Hydroponics in NCR, Region 3 and Region 4A through the collaboration among DOST-PCAARRD, Caritas and DOST Regional Offices.
Component 7. Smart Food Value Chain Program
An integration of the different DOST agencies’ initiatives amongst PCAARRD, PCIEERD, ITDI, FNRI and DOST Regional Offices in partnership with the State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) to enhance the food value chain for selected commodities in identified regions by implementing key approaches to strengthen the network of stakeholders and processes involved in the production and value adding activities towards food resiliency in the new normal.
Organizational structure of GALING-PCAARRD Kontra-COVID-19 Program
- Telephone Nos.
(049) 536-0014; 536-1956 & 536-2305
- Fax Nos.
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