Two schools in Zamboanga del Sur were awarded for Best Gulayan sa Paaralan search.
The Department of Agriculture IX (DA) awarded P20,000.00 cash, a Plaque of Recognition and Certificate of Award (for farm/garden inputs) to Leonardo National High School (LNHS), Municipality of Josefina and Binayan Elementary School, Municipality of Labangan during the awarding ceremony held in Pagadian City recently.
“We consider this award as a great blessing, privilege and a challenge. Winning is just a bonus, but the impact that we have imparted in the community is abundant. We are grateful for this recognition and to the Departments who assisted us in realizing the school garden. Our students worked hard and we are all proud,” said the LNHS Principal Ms Josie M. Siacor.
According to Ana S. Aying, DA Regional High Value Crops Development Program (HVCDP) Coordinator, the Gulayan sa Paaralan Program (GPP) is implemented by DA in collaboration with the Department of Education, Department of Health – National Nutrition Council, and the Local Government Units and District Schools counterparts. The purpose is to increase vegetable production by establishing school gardens and teach the young of sustainable food production in small-scale; and to serve as source of food for supplementary feeding in schools.
Aying said that the DA encourages the participants to also maintain a vegetable garden in their respective homes. “May this Gulayan Sa Paaralan continue even after the awarding to support our feeding program in schools and fight malnutrition. We hope to visit your schools again and see a more fruitful garden,” she added.
During the awarding ceremony held in Hotel Guillermo in Pagadian City, DepEd IX Assistant Regional Director Peter Melchor M. Natividadsaid said, “be better and do better with a sense of urgency. Congratulations winners. We always remember that it’s not about the award. The first winners in maintaining a garden are your children and the community because the community will learn from the school on the impact of gardening and the importance of vegetables and the nutrients it can supply. The children will maintain their gardens at home or even expand.”
The Elementary Level GPP winners were Vitali Central School, Zamboanga City (2nd Place) and ZNAC Elementary School, Tampilisan, Zamboanga del Norte (3rd Place). For High School Level, the winners were Simbol National High School, Kabasalan, Zamboanga Sibugay and New Dapitan National High School, Tampilisan, Zamboanga del Norte.They received an award of P15,000 for second place and P10,000 for third place. The Top three winners were also presented with a Certificate of Award for farm/garden inputs to be claimed at the DA office. A consolation prize of P5,000 was also given to Sta. Clara Elementary School, Naga, Zamboanga Sibugay and Caro Elementary School, Isabela City, Basilan.
In his parting message, DA – Assistant Director Ronaldo I. Maravilla congratulated all participants and thanked the collaborators for the time, effort and mostly the schools’ officials, teachers and students for supporting the GPP. “We salute you teachers for guiding the children. As role models may you continue the Gulayan sa Paaralan Program in the schools to better educate the students on the importance of vegetables in our bodies. May you encourage the students to replicate these vegetable gardens at home.We will work together to make a healthier environment for our children and their future.” Maravilla said.
Among those present during the ceremony were DA-APCo for ZDS CarlitoLarubis, DepED Division Coordinator for ZDS Glen Sayson, all gulayan coordinators and school principals. (CCadiz/MDaguro/DA9)