6 South Leyte elementary schools nominated for "Gulayan sa Paaralan" regional seearch
By Rebecca Cadavos
Southern Leyte (26 November) -- At least ten elementary schools throughout the province were nominated to participate in the "Gulayan Sa Paaralan" Regional Search of the Department of Education (DepEd), Supervising Nurse Teresita Marquez reported during the Provincial Nutrition Council meeting held Friday.
Marquez disclosed that the regional search will choose 10 most outstanding implementers of the GPP program for school year 2008-2009. This activity is closely coordinated by the Department of Agriculture (DA), Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI) and the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG).
The participating elementary schools in the province were mentioned as follows: Hindag-an Elementary School (ES), of St. Bernard; Nueva Estrella ES, Pintuyan; Otikon ES, Libagon; Cambite ES and Tomas Oppus Central School of Tomas Oppus; and Macrohon Central School, Macrohon town.
The search was conducted from October 2008 until March 2009, the report said.
The criteria for the conduct of Ten Most utstanding GPP implementers include food production such as organic vegetable gardening, animal and fish culture, presence of maluggay and orchard. Nursery management, garden facilities, composting, staff development are also included in the guidelines for the regional search, Marquez reported during the meeting held at the Maasin Country Lodge.
"Gulayan sa Paaralan" in Southern Leyte was implemented few years back here, coordinated by the local line agencies like the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist, Provincial Nutritionist, among others, Marquez revealed. It was a continuous activity conducted by the Parents-Teachers-Community Association with their school children. "Southern Leyte is prepared for the search, since it is the first for the regional level," she said.
The winners will be announced after the the regional evaluation to be conducted on February 2009. Cash prizes and plaques of recognition will be awarded to the outstanding implementers, the report said. (PIA-Southern Leyte) [top]