Villar pushes creation of malunggay industry

MANILA, Philippines - Sen. Cynthia Villar is batting for the establishment of a malunggay industry that will help provide a source of employment and livelihood to many Filipinos.

Villar, chairman of the Senate committee on agriculture and food, authored Senate Bill 2099, or the act establishing the malunggay industry.

The bill also proposes the declaration of November as Malunggay Month.

“Malunggay is usually found in backyards of most Filipino homes. Grown with little to no maintenance, this has taken the moniker, ‘the miracle tree,’ because all of its parts, including leaves, pods, bark, seeds, fruits and roots, are claimed to have nutritional and healing properties,” Villar said.

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