NGCP’s project Linang gains recognition from WWF Philippines
Published on January 10, 2020 12:00 AM
NGCP’s Linang initiative, a sustainable farm to table programme, was recently recognized as the Food Pillar Awardee by the World Wide Fund for Nature – Philippines (WWF Phiilippines).
The award is given to companies who displayed outstanding, innovative, and consistent support because of its long standing partnership with WWF Philippines.
Project Linang is one of NGCP’s corporate social responsibility projects that aims to help reduce hunger incidence by teaching communities to grow their own food. The project also promotes farming as a means of sustainable livelihood and a way of introducing new technologies and means of farming to the communities.
“We saw the need for more than just handouts and decided that it would be better to encourage families to do their own farming and move towards sustainable and self-sufficient living. Since the Philippines is highly reliant on agriculture, it makes sense to empower individuals in improving their means of sustainable livelihood through Linang,” said NGCP.
NGCP partnered with WWF Philippines from the inception of the program to engage schools and communities in a five-month series of lectures and hands-on training in backyard gardening, including how to generate income through this practice, market studies, financial literacy training, and savings mobilization.
Mr. Allan Sumagaysay, a teacher at one of the schools, shared, “Binebenta namin yung mga gulay sa mga guro, magulang, bata, at mga residenteng gustong bumili.” He further added that he is happy that the students are more interested in gardening than engaging in less productive activities such as internet surfing and gaming.
From its inception, Linang has produced 14 agro-enterprise clusters, 24 group savings and loan associations, with a total of 23 rural communities, and 1,134 individuals assisted in sustainable farming methods.
“We are very happy to receive this award not only as a recognition of our efforts in promoting sustainable farming and agro-enterprises, but also because we see the fruits of this project in the number of families and communities we have helped and will still be able to help in the near future,” NGCP mentioned.
NGCP is a Filipino-led, privately owned company in charge of operating, maintaining, and developing the country’s power grid, led by majority shareholders Henry Sy, Jr. and Robert Coyiuto, Jr. ###