Tarlac Mayor Angeles spearheads citronella planting program, says project to aid marginalized residents
The Tarlac city government has officially started its citronella planting project Friday, November 18 which aims to provide livelihood opportunities to its marginalized residents.
Mayor Maria Cristina Angeles said the program will be supervised by the City Cooperative and Economic Development Office (CCEDO).
The lady politiko said planting activity kicked off at the Sapang Maragul Elementary School, Tarlac City.
Angeles said the project aims to promote the livelihood possibilities of the citronella plant as well as its usefulness in the prevention of mosquito-transmitted diseases such as dengue and Zika virus.
She also said that aside from Sapang Maragul Elementary School, other selected areas for citronella planting project are the Tariji Elementary School and Villa Bacolor Elementary School since the barangays where these schools are located have registered high occurrences of dengue cases in the past months.
The citronella grass, widely used as an ingredient in aromatic products such as soaps, candles, potpourri, lotions, and essential oils used for aroma therapy, is a plant that proliferates easily in any climate or soil type and can thus be easily cultivated even by non-horticulturists or untrained individuals, like teachers and school children.
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