29 Plant varieties soon to grow in Brgy. Pansol’s soil

Lack of proper nutrition, especially among children, remains as one of the top health issues among low-income and marginalized communities.

In the Philippines, this is manifested by consistently high rates of malnutrition, and furthered by the lack of basic health services that are accessible to the poor and vulnerable population.

During this COVID-19 pandemic, apart from vaccination, proper nutrition is essential in order to strengthen the body’s immunity against the deadly virus.

The low-cost, sustainable, and environment-friendly solution

Pots of bougainvillea plants in front of Pansol ALAGA KA Barangay Health Station
The front of Pansol ALAGA KA Barangay Health Station is adorned with pots of Bougainvillea plants

This is why in Brgy. Pansol, Taal, Batangas, residents worked hand-in-hand to cultivate nutritious and medicinal plants and herbs for the benefit of its community members.

A resident of Brgy. Pansol preparing the soil for planting
Albeit having face masks on, happiness and hope can be seen through the eyes of the community of Pansol as they plant medicinal, flowering, and fruit-bearing trees
Women of Brgy. Pansol planting the seedlings
The women of Brgy. Pansol planting the seedlings of wellness and hope

Through Health Futures Foundation, Inc’s (HFI) Trees of Wellness initiative, a total of 29 plant varieties were planted across all Puroks of Brgy. Pansol, including the grounds and vicinity of the ALAGA KA (Alay sa Ginhawa at Kalusugan) Barangay Health Station (BHS) in the area.

Some of the medicinal plants and herbs planted were Bayabas, Lagundi, Sambong, Lipota, Herba Buena, Tanglad, Duhat, and Mangosteen.

The Trees of Wellness (TOW) project is part of HFI’s Community Health And Wellness Program (CBHWP) which aims to address the problem of nutrition, and introduce mitigating measures to address climate change and biodiversity loss at the community level.

However, to quote HFI Chairman, Dr. Jimmy Galvez Tan: “Trees of Wellness is not your basic tree planting project.”

Women of Brgy. Pansol planting the seedlings in another area
The community of Pansol commits to the conservation, preservation, and sustainable use of native medicinal plants and trees

For this project, HFI targets to plant native medicinal, flowering, and fruit-bearing trees that would also be a source of healing, well-being, and livelihood to the community.

Hence, a more holistic response to the diverse but interlinked health and wellness issues in the communities which are often taken for granted. 

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