Capiz public schools to have 'gulayan'
by Jemin B. Guillermo
Roxas City (14 February) -- The Department of Education (DepEd) in Capiz has urged all public schools to institutionalize the Gulayan sa Paaralan program.
Education Supervisor Wilfredo Reoyo of DepEd Capiz Division said that they have been implementing the Gulayan program in all elementary and secondary public schools in Capiz.
Reoyo explained that the Gulayan program, particularly in the elementary level, is their strategy of addressing malnutrition problem through the feeding program.
He added that the Gulayan is also a source of income for the school and their pupils.
He revealed that as a motivation for pupils, the Department has been conducting an annual Gulayan competition in the Division.
Education Secretary Jesli Lapus has 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.
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).
Bureau of Plant Industry Director Joel Rudinas recently revealed that Capiz has been identified as one of the priority provinces for assistance under the national government's Gulayan program.
Meanwhile, Agriculture Secretary Arthur Yap disclosed that the Arroyo government is setting aside P357.87 million this year for a vegetable program to produce a total of 1.787 million metric tons or as part of its overall goal to mitigate hunger among urban poor and rural families alike and generate over 58,000 new jobs this year. (PIA) [top]