A TEACHER in Ifugao bagged the first place award in the "Muntanom Ta Waday Kanon" Program – Search for Best Home Gardens Adults’ Edition of the Ifugao State University.
Thirty-two-year-old Joseph Alindayo from Banaue, Ifugao is a Graduate of Organic Agriculture Production National Certificate II and a part-time ALS teacher.
According to him, he learned a lot about home gardening such as its importance during the pandemic and appreciation of the sacrifices of the farmers in producing food.
His home garden includes vegetables like sweet peas, green onions, petchay, zucchini, and eggplant.
Adjudged as Second Place is Rony Nabad-ao from Nayon, Lamut, Ifugao and Third Place is Marrero Tinabel from Nayon, Lamut, Ifugao.
According to IFSU Department of Communication, Public and International Affairs Director Ruchard Baliao, at least 78 participants from the different municipalities of Ifugao were given national certificates on Organic Agriculture Production (OAP) and Agricultural Crops Production (ACP) through the pieces of training provided by the university.
Meanwhile, in her message, IFSU President Dr. Eva Marie Codamon-Dugyon lauded all participants and encouraged them to continue and sustain the practice of home gardening.
“More than the material rewards, we hope that the activity paved the way for you, our participants, to appreciate the joy and essence of growing food in your backyards, and the purpose and values it has brought to you and your families. In this case, you are all winners," Dugyon said.
Meanwhile, Florida Robles of IFSU DCPIA said the three winners received cash prizes and seed kits while 12 participants were given consolation rewards.
The criteria for judging included the adoption of organic agriculture or Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) technology.
"Muntanom Ta Waday Kanon" Program does not only promote augmentation of household food resources and the consumption of safe and nutritious food but it teaches things and values about life.
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