"Gulayan" supports hunger mitigation program
by Jemin B. Guillermo
Roxas City (17 September) -- The gulayan sa paaralan has become one of the showcase windows in the evaluation of the Gawad Pangulo sa Kapaligiran (GPK).
Interior and Local Government Provincial Director Jenny Destua of Capiz, who sits as co-chairperson of the province's GPK Search and Awards Committee, said that the gulayan projects in schools is part of the hunger mitigation support to the national government.
Destua said that the school's vegetable projects not only provide students with the values on self-reliance and hard work but also serves to address the malnutrition problem of pupils by utilizing the vegetable products in the school site in their feeding program.
Education Secretary Jesli Lapus earlier directed the public elementary and secondary schools all over the country to implement the "Gulayan sa Paaralan" project in support to the government's hunger mitigation and poverty alleviation efforts.
Lapus said that hunger and malnutrition are two problems that affect 19 percent or 3.268 million families out of t he 17.4 million households in the country.
Children of poor parents fail to complete their education because hunger and malnutrition force them to drop out from school to help their parents earn a living, Lapus stressed.
The Gulayan sa Paaralan, which is a school-community food production activity, is a tie up project of the "Programang Agrikultura Para sa Masa" of the department of Agriculture (DA). (PIA) [top]