Gulayan sa Paaralan 2012 beneficiaries identified

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Thursday, June 7, 2012


THE Department of Agriculture (DA) Northern Mindanao through its Crops Division renewed its partnership with the Department of Education (DepEd), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), local government units and other government agencies to continue the implementation and the advocacy of the Agri-Pinoy Gulayan sa Paaralan Project during a meeting conducted last May 24.

Agri-Pinoy Gulayan sa Paaralan Project aims to address problems on malnutrition by teaching the students the values of eating healthy food through sustaining the supplementary feeding program of DepEd.

Children are taught how to plant and grow vegetables through natural farming and to replicate it at home to ensure sustainability.

The meeting tackled the amended guidelines of the implementation as stipulated in Executive Order 15, series of 2011; criteria and composition of evaluators for the best school garden contest; status and accomplishments for the 2011 beneficiaries of the project; and the 2012 target beneficiaries.

The five-year program aims to cover 42,076 school gardens by 2016.

As of this writing, 574 schools have benefited from the project in Northern Mindanao while the other 342 is yet to be confirmed by the provinces of Bukidnon and Misamis Oriental.

For 2012, it is expected that 650 schools in the region will benefit from the project by receiving vegetable seeds and planting materials.

Focal persons in each schools and districts will also undergo training prior to implementation of the program.

The recipients of the project are also encouraged to establish their own seed banking facility to sustain the implementation of the project since it is also one of the criteria for the district level search for best school garden contest.

DA Crops Division OIC Chief Janen Paradero said there should be a written documentation submitted to the higher management so that they can hear it out and find ways to make the implementation better.

Gleen Janubas, regional reports officer for Agri-Pinoy Gulayan sa Paaralan, announced during the meeting that the DA will also distribute five kilos of worms and vermi bed for each of the 316 beneficiary school from Calendar Year (CY) 2011 and 400 schools for CY 2012 beneficiaries in the region.

Training will also be conducted prior to the distribution of materials for vermiculture.

It has been agreed during the meeting that focal persons should disseminate the information to the heads of target school beneficiaries so that they could prepare the area intended for the project.

To continually monitor the development of the project, focal persons are also tasked to submit a monthly report with regard to the distribution of inputs and production data of existing gardens every end of the month to the DA Northern Mindanao office. (PR)

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on June 07, 2012.

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