Gulayan sa paaralan

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Wednesday, October 17, 2012


IN RESPONSE to the Department of Education’s program on “Gulayanan sa Paaralan”, the Alfonso Tabora Elementary School started its implementation last August 2012. This program aims to promote vegetable production through natural farming in public elementary and high schools; establish and maintain school gardens to serve as food basket and main source of vegetables to sustain supplementary feeding to reduce malnutrition among school children; and to showcase small-scale food production model in schools for households/communities to replicate purposely to promote family food security. Further more for schools to produce different kinds of vegetables that are organically grown.

To orient the teachers a seminar was conducted last September 8 and 9, 2012 purposely for the E.P.P. teachers from different public schools in Baguio City. The seminar–workshop was on Organic Farming, Organic Pesticides and Fertilizer Formulations which was sponsored by Department of Agriculture (DA) – Baguio and Benguet. The seminar provided necessary information on fertilizer production and how to prepare insect repellants using the different plants grown in the community and other sea products. The participants are made to understand the importance of conventional farming and to do away with using synthetic pesticides because of its harmful effects. During the seminar Mr. Renaldo Umayat, the E.P.S.-1,E.P.P-T.L.E , stated that while it is true that Baguio City is a residential and educational center of the Cordillera it is still important to educate our children the value of agriculture and to increase the awareness and interest of the school children on the what’s of these vegetables and other plants, proper labeling should also be done such as the local name of the vegetables and its health and nutritional benefits.

The Gulayan sa Paaralan needs manpower so the school requested the participation of the Parents Teachers Association (PTA) through a letter soliciting them for some materials such as empty sacks, empty plastic containers, and also their assistance in the preparation and planting of the different kinds of seedlings. With the effort of the Administration headed by Mrs. Amalia K. Micklay, the teachers, parents and pupils, the Gulayan sa Paaralan is successfully on its implementation. Vegetables such as taro, commonly known as gabi, onion leeks, garlic, ginger, pechay, Chinese cabbage, cauliflower, green ice (a variety of lettuce) and some fruit trees are seen in our school.

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We would like to thank the parents headed by Mrs. Marites Awal, the GPTA President for the full support in the realization of this program.

With this we hope that the lessons learned by the pupils in gardening will help motivate their parents to have their own backyard garden in their own homes to produce safe food for family consumption. Gloria Catiyan

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on October 17, 2012.

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