Two Zambo Sibugay schools bag ‘Best Garden Award’

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PAGADIAN CITY, Zamboanga del Sur/29 August 2012 by Alpha Solivo–Aguinaldo Elementary School of Aguinaldo, Naga, and Titay National High School of Titay, both of Zamboanga Sibugay province  were recently chosen as the “Best Garden” awardees among the 498 participating schools in the elementary and high school levels,  respectively.

Aguinaldo Elementary School in Naga, Zamboanga del Sur wins the Best Garden Award during the 2012 Gulayan sa Paaralan Program. PHOTO COURTESY OF THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE REGIONAL INFORMATION OFFICE 9

Spearheaded by the  Department of Agriculture (DA) through its High Value Crops Development Program (HVCDP) in partnership with the Department of Education (DepEd), the awarding ceremony was held at the Roderic’s Resort, Taway, Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay.

Both schools were awarded Php 35,000 each while the top 15 schools in the elementary and secondary levels received Php5,000P each.

The criteria for judging include  Production Management (%), Nutrition Impact (%), Community and Parents Participation (%), and Innovation (%).

Dr. Amelia P. Torralba, Division Schools Superintendent of Zamboanga Sibugay said, “I am grateful to DA for making us a partner in this undertaking. Thank you for giving us the equipment and gardening tools for us to realize what we have dreamed before. I also thank the schools for the effort and for giving their best in this “Gulayan sa Paaralan” program. This is really organic and without chemicals so we are assured of healthy and clean products from our vegetable gardens. This will serve as an advocacy to the community because when the students brought home their produce from school, they will be inspired to make vegetable gardens at their backyards.”

“HVCDP oversees the implementation of the Gulayan sa Paaralan program,” said Hannibal Bayo-ang, DA- HVCDP Report Officer who represented Regional Executive Director Eduardo Holoyohoy.  “The DA is also thankful for the cooperation of DepEd. At their young age, the students are now involved in the realization of the DA in its aim of achieving food sufficiency in our country.”

The “Agrikulturang Pilipino – Gulayan sa Paaralan” (GSP) is a program of the DA that aims to promote self help food production activities and values (appreciation of agriculture as a life support system) among children. It also intends to promote vegetable production through natural/organic farming; maintain school gardens as source of vegetables to supply feeding programs; and to showcase a small-scale food production model in schools for the households and communities to replicate purposely to promote family food security.

The GSP is in coordination with Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI), the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Department of Health (DOH) through its National Nutrition Council (DOH-NNC) and local government units (LGUs) in order to mitigate hunger and malnutrition in the rural areas by ensuring fresh vegetables in every household.

The awarding ceremony was also  graced by National Nutrition Council Director  Ma. Del Pilar Pamela R. Tarroza,  Rey Manginsay, Assistant Provincial Agriculturist of Sibugay, Faculty, Barangay Officials and  DA staff. (Alpha Solivo, DA 9)

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