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DA 11 honors “Gulayan sa Paaralan Achievers”

The High Value Crops Development Program (HVCDP) of the Department of Agriculture (DA) 11 hailed the successful “Gulayan sa Paaralan” (GPP) implementers in the region recently at the Apo View Hotel, Davao City.

For its fourth year, the GPP program continues to expand vegetable garden projects in schools to address malnutrition so as to help school children to get better nutrition.

Four schools from the Davao Region were pronounced as region’s best namely: Bincungan Elementary School and Tagum National High School, both from Davao del Norte won for Container Garden Category while Bala Elementary School of Davao del Sur and Manat National High School from Compostela Valley Province won for Field Garden respectively.

The four schools received a plaque of recognition and a cash prize worth P30, 000 and will be the region’s contestant for the national tilt.

Manat Central Elementary School in Compostela Valley Province was given a Hall of Famer award for winning three consecutive years from 2011 to 2013.  

Agriculture regional director Remelyn R. Recoter told the achievers that the program has a great contribution to the community since one of the challenges of the vegetable industry is the need to feed the 100 million Filipinos and combat malnutrition among children.

She added that the GPP raised awareness on the student’s proper nutrition, health and wellness.

“We also hoped that this project would also radiate to the families of the students,” she stressed.

On the other hand, Joy Jade Rellos, Bincungan Elementary School principal said that they are happy that DA implemented the project because it became a vehicle of change in discipline and values of their students.

“DA has been touching the lives of our community, from the school level we were able to bring it to the community and it eventually uplifts the economic status,” Rellos said.

Manat National High School Principal Ritchell Cruz, who won in the high school level for field garden category said that the program became an opportunity to improve their learner’s status especially with the health and nutrition aspect.

He added that before they implemented the project, 10 students in their school were into severely wasted status in terms of health.

“When we started the GPP the 10 students became normal in their health status because we link the GPP program in our school feeding program,” Cruz explained. (Aggie Media Service)