DENR to open community 'pan-TREE' with free seedlings for urban gardeners

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 21) — Here's a community pantry for plantitos and plantitas out there.

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources plans to set up its own community pantry, but unlike the pantries all over the country that offer food, it will be giving away seedlings to promote urban gardening and planting.

The DENR said the so-called community "pan-TREE" will be available from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. starting Thursday, April 22, which is also Earth Day. It can be found at the DENR-NCR Technical Services Office in North Avenue, Diliman, Quezon City.

"Magtanim ayon sa kakayahan. Umani ayon sa pangangailangan," the DENR added.

[Translation: Plant according to your capacity. Harvest according to your need.]

Among the fruit-bearing trees and vegetable seedlings that will be shared are guava, guyabano, atis, avocado, and chico. Those who plan to get seedlings must bring their own pots or recycled containers. Interested donors may also contribute plants, the department said.

The project was inspired by the different community pantries that started sprouting in the country to help those in need of necessities such as food and medical supplies during the COVID-19 pandemic, the DENR added.