DA honors best “gulayan” in schools, camps in Region 11

In intensifying vegetable production in Davao Region, Department of Agriculture (DA) cited this year’s best vegetable garden in school and military camps.

Through the Gulayan sa Paaralan Program (GPP) and Gulayan sa Kampo (GSK), a program under the DA-High Value Crops Development Program (HVCDP), school and military camps had been instrumental in combating malnutrition among schoolchildren and local communities.

Rosters of best school garden implementers for elementary container garden category are: San Roque Elementary School in Obrero, Davao City -1st place, Mawab Central Elementary School in Mawab, Compostela Valley Province – 2nd place and Don Ricardo Briz Central Elementary School in Tagum City, Davao del Norte - 3rd place.

For elementary field garden category, the winners are: New Bantayan Elementary School in Asuncion, Davao del Norte – 1st place, Cadalian Elementary School in Davao City – 2nd place and New Albay Elementary School in Maragusan, Compostela Valley Province - 3rd place.

For high school container garden category, the winners are: Andili National High School in Compostela Valley Province – 1st place, Dujali National High School in B.E. Dujali, Davao del Norte – 2nd place and Puntalinao National High School in Banaybanay, Davao Oriental – 3rd place.

The winners for the high school field garden category are: Manat National High School in Nabunturan, Compostela Valley Province – 1st place,  Manuel B. Guiñez National High School in Banaybanay, Davao Oriental - 2nd place and Sacub National High School in Hagonoy , Davao del Sur- 3rd place.

Meanwhile, GSK big winner is the 71st Infantry (Kaibigan) Battalion in Mawab, Compostela Valley Province. 25th Infantry (Fireball) Battalion in Monkayo Compostela Valley Province and 28th Infantry (Kamagong) Battalion in Mati City, Davao Oriental are in 2nd and 3rd place respectively.

In an awarding ceremony held in Davao City on Wednesday, Director Ricardo Oñate Jr.

lauded the support of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) as well as the Department of Education  for their commitment to support DA's program to provide available and affordable food for all.

"Our military men helped a lot in terms of giving additional information on vegetable farming to our farmers. They too assisted us in doing geotagging and mapping our agricultural lands in Davao Region," Oñate added.

HVCDP coordinator Melani Provido also thanked the participating schools for their continued support to the Gulayan sa Paaralan Program (GPP).

"Our teachers being the second parent of our children are influential in molding their development. When the teachers integrated the GPP program in their school, the students can now understand and appreciate the importance of producing quality and nutritious food," Provido said.

"With our partnership with DepEd, we can attain the government's thrust to provide affordable and available food for everybody," Provido added.

For first time winner, Ellen Estacaan, GPP coordinator of San Roque Central Elementary School said they are rejoicing upon winning first place in the container garden category.

“We’ve been participating for four years and we won third place in 2015-2016 and we’re so happy that we have grabbed the first place for regional level for 2017-2018,” Estacaan added.

Filipinas Samblingo, San Roque District Supervisor lauded the efforts of DA in helping the DepEd to combat malnutrition among schoolchildren.

She said that GPP helped a lot in the feeding program of nine schools under the San Roque District.

“The program helped improve the nutritional status of our school as the number of malnourished schoolchildren decreased,” Samblingo added.

GPP program and GSK continues to expand vegetable garden projects in schools and military camps to address malnutrition so as to help school children to get better nutrition as well as the neighbouring communities.

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