Davao elementary school tops ‘Gulayan sa Paaralan’

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Friday, January 4, 2013


THE Manat Central Elementary School in Nabunturan was conferred as the most outstanding school for 2012 after showing exemplary performance in fostering the government’s “Gulayaan sa Paaralan” program.

Melanie Provido of the Department of Agriculture (DA) in Davao Region said on Friday that the said school stood out among other contenders for regional level.

In March 2012, national evaluators from DA and the Department of Education (DepEd) as well as the late Interior secretary Jesse Robredo visited the same school and the visitors were amazed by how the school managed their school farm.

The program started in 2007 after then DepEd secretary Jesli Lapus issued a Memorandum 293 in 2007, encouraging all public schools to plant agricultural crops within their area as one way of addressing the problem with hunger and malnutrition.

The program aims to encourage public schools to utilize vacant areas in their schools for planting of various crops and to raise the public's awareness on the nutritional value of vegetables to child’s development and learning process.

As counterpart to the project, DA will provide each school with vegetable seedlings for the program implementation. Schools were tasked to plant vegetables in vacant lots to have an alternative source of food for the school's feeding program.

The program also encourages the active participation of children, teachers, as well as parents to join in the government's drive to address the country's problem with malnutrition.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on January 05, 2013.

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