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PIA Press Release
2007/09/13

Zambo City's 'Jardin na Escuela' phase III launched; phase II winners awarded

Zamboanga City (Sept. 13)--To boost the government's thrust to make the country self-sufficient in food, the City Agriculturist Office in partnership with Councilor Rey Candido initiated the launching of the "Jardin na Escuela" phase III back to back with the awarding of the search for the "Jardin na Escuela" phase II winners.

The program, launched almost two years ago is gaining ground. Its multiple objectives are to instill on students the skills and love for farming and to promote entrepreneurial spirit. "This project enhances the food production program of the government", Mayor Celso Lobregat said during the awarding ceremony held recently.

The Jardin na Escuela covers two categories: the container gardening and the backyard gardening. Winners in the contest are given infrastructure projects ranging from P75, 000 to P150, 000 courtesy of the community development fund (CDF) of Councilor Candido.

Major winners in the contest are Boalan Elementary School (non-central) and Mercedes Central School (central level) which garnered first place under the backyard gardening category and received a prize of P150,000 worth of infrastructure projects each; Patalon Elementary School (non-central level) is 2nd placer also under the backyard gardening category.

Labuan Central School (central level) and the Curuan National High School (secondary level) are first place winners in the container gardening category and received a P100,000 worth of infrastructure projects each.

Other than the infrastructure projects, the major winners will also receive a computer unit each courtesy of Mayor Lobregat.

The participating schools which received certificates each were Licomo Elem. Schoo, Tictapul Elem. School, Tigbalabag Elem. School, Tagasilay Elem. School, Vitali Central School, Tagasilay National High School, Presa (Curuan) Elem. School, Bungiao Elem. School, Sangali Elem. School, Dulian Elem. School, Bolong Elem. School, Buenakapok (Culianan) Elem. School, Cabaluay Elem. School, Guisao Elem. School, Baluno Elem. School, Lumayang Elem. School, Lumbangan Elem. School, Putik Central School, Divisoria National High School, Ayala Central School and Ayala National High School for the backyard gardening category and Vitali National High School, Sangali National high School, Manicahan National high School, Southcom Elem. School, Tetuan Central School, Guiwan Elem. School and Sta. Maria Central School for the container gardening category.

Lobregat is proud that the project is gaining ground and that other national agencies such as the Department of Education and the Department of Agriculture are following suit with the nationwide launching of the "Gulayan sa Paaralan" recently.

"Their program has the same objective and format and they started it only recently while we have been undertaking this for the past three cropping seasons", the mayor announced.

Aside from the prizes they received, the winning schools also are recipients of school building projects in line with the city government's thrust on quality education, according to Lobregat.

The following schools received certificates of recognition with a seed money of P50, 000 each: Culianan National High School, Talon-talon National High School, Zamboanga City High School-Main, Don Pablo Lorenzo National High School and Talisayan National High School (secondary level) and Curuan Central School, Cristino Paragas Memorial School and Manicahan Central School (elementary level-central/ non-central).

Also present during the awarding ceremony yesterday were Councilor Rudy Lim, City Schools Superintendent (OIC) Norma Vecina, representatives from the Department of Education regional office, Boalan barangay officials and school district supervisors and principals. (CIO/PIA Z.C.) [top]

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