TARLAC CELEBRATES ‘143’ WITH EDIBLE LANDSCAPING
THE PROVINCE OF TARLAC recently marked its 143rd founding anniversary with a celebration which underscored its advocacy of promoting edible landscaping and urban gardening. As part of the festivities, the provincial government, under the leadership of outgoing governor and now Tarlac 2nd district representative Victor Yap, showcased an edible landscape at Maria Cristina Park, which is just in front of the provincial capitol building in Tarlac City. Initiated by the Tarlac Office of the Provincial Agriculturist (OPA) under Edwina Tabamo, and in partnership with Allied Botanical Corporation (ABC), the edible landscape project featured different varieties of vegetables, herbs, and ornamental plants which attracted the interest of the visitors, mostly coming from nearby municipalities and other provinces.
ADVOCACY Overwhelmed by the positive feedback of the public and by the aesthetic nature of the urban garden, Yap immediately ordered the replication of the project in various areas of the city. He wanted to prioritize the conversion of the park in front of the capitol building into an urban edible landscape, which he said would inspire people to venture into urban gardening.
Tarlac provincial agriculturist Edwina Tabamo (right) and ABC Region 3 area sales manager Tacs Ong welcome guests and visitors to the edible landscaped garden.