"Gulayan sa Paaralan" implemented in 67 Antique elementary schools
by PS Mabaquiao
San Jose, Antique (26 November) -- Teachers in 67 participating elementary schools in the Gulayan sa Paaralan program provincewide underwent a technical briefing on Vegetable Production conducted by the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist (OPA)
Antonino Cabrillos, OPA Program Coordinator said that Gulayan sa Paaralan will not only boost food sufficiency but also help reduce incidence of malnutrition among school children since the garden can be a rich source of vegetables and fruits for the feeding program. At the same time the program is in support to the Hunger Mitigation Program of the government.
Cabrillos further said that community people can also learn sustainable and environmentally-sound vegetable gardening technology because Teachers in charge of Edukasyon sa Pagpapahalaga at Pangkabuhayan (EPP) will be given orientation on methods and processes of pesticides free vegetable garden such as seedbed preparation and sowing, establishment of crops and crop management.
The project will not only ensure sufficient supply of veggies but are also pesticide free and are healthy for human consumption said Roger Saligumba, Integrated Pest Management Coordinator.
Secretary Jesli Lapus of the Department of Education has issued Memorandum Circular 293 implementing the Gulayan sa Paaralan Program in coordination with the Department of Agriculture and Local Government Units which aims to establish school gardens which serves as main source of commodities to sustain supplementary feeding and showcase small-scale food production models in schools for the families to replicate to promote family and food security.
Gulayan sa Paaralan is implemented in public elementary and high schools with ample or limited areas in rural or even urban setting using organic gardening technologies. Production of selected varieties of vegetables shall be intensified in the schools and in the communities as food prescription to address deficiencies in protein, energy and vitamins according to DepED Memo. (PIA) [top]