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Urban gardening takes place at DOLE-NCR
PREPARING INDOOR PLANTS: Resource speaker Normalyn Abad (left) gives tutorial to DOLE-NCR participants on urban gardening at DOLE-NCR Regional Office on November 7, 2018. Abad gave a hands-on workshop on some of the common indoor plant projects. A total of 29 staff joined the activity including Assistant Regional Director, Atty. Evelyn R. Ramos (center, left) and Manila Field Office Director and DOLE-NCR Family Welfare Committee Chairman, Ma. Corazon M. Pepito (center, right).
MALATE, Manila—29 employees of the Department of Labor and Employment - National Capital Region (DOLE-NCR) showed their flair for preparing indoor plants during the “Livelihood Training on Urban Gardening” held Wednesday, November 7.
DOLE-NCR Assistant Regional Director, Atty. Evelyn Ramos (center) during her opening remarks.

In the face of technological advancements, DOLE-NCR Assistant Regional Director, Atty. Evelyn R. Ramos emphasized the importance of fostering meaningful connections with the environment to improve physical well-being, particularly if one is situated in a highly urbanized area like Metro Manila. 
“With advances in technology and being surrounded with so many gadgets, our connection to the nature has already been kind of depleted,” said Ramos in her opening remarks. “I’m glad that we have this activity so we will be motivated to have this little green space in our home and office,” she added.
Guest resource speaker Normalyn B. Abad discussed urban gardening principles and the benefits it gives to people. She said, “It provides many environmental, social, and health benefits such as adding green spaces to cities, enhancing the beauty of communities and homes, preventing soil erosion, mitigating storm water runoff, and providing local source of food.”
Abad also demonstrated some of the common indoor garden projects, such as bonsai making and dish gardening. She also guided the participants on preparing and growing plants using empty soda bottles and old glass jar. Right after the tutorial, the staff grabbed their own containers and get their hands on their first plant projects.
DOLE-MUNTAPARLAS Officer-in-Charge Rosalinda Sandoval (left) prepares her indoor garden project with the rest of the employees.
Abad encouraged the staff to start gardening and have concluded the activity with a famous line from Janet Killburn Philipps: “There are no gardening mistakes, only experiments,” she said.
Said activity was one of the advocacy programs of the DOLE-NCR FWC with the aim of promoting work-life balance for employees to harmonize work, family, and social life. 
DOLE-NCR Manila Field Office Director and FWC head Ma. Corazon M. Pepito said that the activity was organized as a result of employee feedback. 
“We identify the activities during our planning activity then nag-survey kami,” said Pepito. END / Hershey Aquino
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