MANY children in Ifugao are now into home gardening since the implementation of the community quarantine started.
This was evident with the overwhelming number of boys and girls who participated in the recent "Muntanom Ta Waday Kanon" Program — Search for Best Home Gardens Kids’ Edition of the Ifugao State University (IFSU) in the Province of Ifugao.
According to the Department of Communication, Public and International Affairs (DCPIA) of IFSU headed by Director Richard Baliao, at least 69 kids ages 6 to 12 joined the gardening competition wherein all were encouraged to grow three or more vegetable crops using recyclable containers/materials.
Seven-year-old Allyzzah Clarizze A. Vazquez, who is from Junction, Duit, Kiangan, Ifugao, won first place.
Meanwhile, second place went to six-year-old John Kyle Gullunan of Labannon, Pindongan, Kiangan and third place to 10-year-old Aia F. Dimog from Nayon, Lamut.
Twelve participants also qualified for the consolation prizes. The winners received cash and school supplies as prizes.
Florida Robles of DCPIA said the program aims to promote backyard gardens as an accessible source of food during the pandemic.
The kid-participants were inspired and produced a harvest that augmented vegetable food of at least one member of their families.
"Muntanom Ta Waday Kanon" Program offered an opportunity for the children to learn and be aware of the importance of gardening and the environment. It also served as bonding moments for families during the time of crisis.
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