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How a Bacolod Engineer Helped Change a Community Through Container Gardening

It afforded people another source of income.

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Photography: Courtesy of Ian Fred Solas

The COVID-19 pandemic has been harsh to everyone, and it has cut off many places from continuous supply of food. To help his community, electrical engineer and IF Green Technologies founder Ian Fred Solas took it upon himself to be an agent of change by introducing container gardening using recycling materials.

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"Pinupulot naming ‘yong nilalagyan ng gatas ng mga bata, tapos ‘yong mga tinatapon na bottles—halos lahat ng puwedeng lagyan at gawing medium na puwedeng matamnan," shares Ian. "‘Yon ‘yong naisip naming na since ‘yong community walang income, sabi ko, ‘Sige, gawan natin ng paraan, bibigyan ko kayo ng seeds. Tanim tayo!’ Doon nagsimula ‘yong ‘Seeds of Hope’ na program.”

The local government of Bacolod soon saw the potential of the project and began backing it, until the initiative reached other cities in Negros.

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Check the video below and be inspired to create your own container garden at home!

Video producer: John Mariano

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