Department of Agriculture
RFU 5 San Agustin, Pili, Camarines Sur
Sept. 3, 2007
Gulayan sa Bawat
The Department of Agriculture in
partnership with the Department of Education launched the Gulayan
sa Bawat Paaralan. The program aims to increase vegetable consumption
and reduce prevalence of malnutrition among school-age children.
This is a national program tied up with the Presidents
Programang Agrikultura Para sa Masa - a hunger mitigation project
being implemented in the countrys most vulnerable rural
A total of 37, 399 elementary schools
and 5, 781 high schools nationwide were targeted in the program.
For the Bicol region 3, 177 elementary and high schools were
included in the program. Recently, the Department of Education
in Camarines Sur and Camarines Norte launched the said program.
Over 90 school principals and teachers attended the launching
Each school will establish a 200 square meter garden planted
with malunggay, kamote tops, alugbati, upland kangkong, patani,
batao, sitao, saluyot, paayap, papaya and many more. The project
will likewise encourage the pupils to form local garden clubs,
update the knowledge of teachers and improve the school garden
During the launching the DA distributed packets of vegetable
seeds, garden tools and IEC materials to targeted schools. Aside
from this, organic fertilizers will also be provided to enhance
the growth of the vegetables and promote organic vegetable gardening.
According to Dr. Cecile Bernadette Rivera the Asst. Schools Division
Superintendent of Camarines Sur, the project will not only inculcate
the value of planting vegetables among the students but it will
also promote among the pupils the importance of eating vegetables.
Rivera also said that the project is really timely and relevant
since children at their young age must give importance to gardening
as an exciting and profitable venture.
Dr. Elizabeth Palo, the Divisions School Superintendent of Camarines
Norte on the other hand said that it pays to teach children how
to plant since it can be related to actual teaching of science.
She said that in this computer age children must not only surf
the net or play the computers they should also find time to explore
through gardening by seeing for themselves the different stages
of plant growth. With actual experience children could easily
learn and apply what they saw in real life situations. She expressed
her gratitude to the DA for launching the project and she optimistic
that the project will be sustained.
Meanwhile, OIC RED Jose V. Dayao said, with the alarming rate
of malnutrition in the region and the widespread poverty he is
appealing to the teachers to continue encouraging pupils to plant
and eat vegetables. Because he believes that the teachers are
potent information disseminators and pupils easily follow what
the teachers are saying. He urged all teachers and principals
to support the program and massively promote the project in order
to achieve the goal of alleviating poverty and reduce incidence
of malnutrition in the region. (m.r.ilan)