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Teachers learn nutrition and organic vegetable production

by Juliet Saley

BONTOC, Mt. Province (28 September) -- Some 68 teachers of the elementary and secondary schools attended a one-day Enhancement Training on Nutrition and Organic Vegetable Production in line with the "Gulayan sa Bawat Paaralan", which the Department of Education will be implementing in support of the government's hunger mitigation and poverty alleviation efforts.

The Gulayan sa Paaralan is a tie-up with the "Programang Agrikultura Para sa Masa" of the Department of Agriculture which aims to increase vegetable consumption and reduce prevalence of malnutrition among school-age children.

The training which was sponsored by the Department of Agriculture (DA-CAR) was participated in by the Edukasyong Pangtahanan at Pangkalusugan (EPP) elementary teachers and the Technology and Livelihood Education (TLE) secondary teachers in the different schools of Bauko, Barlig, Sagada, Tadian, Sabangan, Bontoc, Sadanga and Besao.

Topics discussed during the training include Nutrition and Health by Provincial Nutritionist Juliet Calaoa; Overview of Gulayan sa Bawat Paaralan and Introduction to Organic Farming by Magdalena Wanawan, CIARC Manager of DA-CAR; Compost Production by Sr. Agriculturist Mary Frances Buanzi of the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist.

After the training was the distribution to participants of variety of vegetable seeds provided by the DA-CAR like ampalaya, pole sitao, patola, pechay, bush sitao, tomato, squash, mustard, okra, kangkong upland, eggplant, snap beans and upo, which will be planted by the pupils in their school garden.

According to Arlene Fillag, of DepEd-Mt. Province and Focal Person of the Gulayan sa Paaralan, the EPP and TLE teachers will supervise the school garden. Schools with no available space for gardening will use flower pots or any container. Some personnel of the Agriculture will also be monitoring the implementation of this program.

Fillag said this program is targeting all schools in the province including the private elementary and secondary schools.

The Department of Agriculture has scheduled a separate training for TLE and EPP teachers of Paracelis and Natonin on October 4. (PIA MP) [top]

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