April 3, 2017
CAROLINA, NAGA CITY – The Department of Agriculture Regional Office here in cooperation with the Office of Rep. Gabriel H. Bordado Jr. of the 3rd district of Camarines Sur and the Carolina National High School inaugurated the first ever high school-based Multiplier Farm in the Bicol Region on March 31, 2017.
Congressman Gabby Bordado conceptualized the Multiplier Farm project for selected schools to complement his Gulayan Habang Buhay project or Urban Container gardening recently launched.
Speaking before the students and faculty of the Carolina National High School, Cong. Bordado said that the project’s primary objective is to promote food security in his district. In fact, he has two bills pending at the Congress - National Food Security Act and People Empowerment Bill. The project is also one way of encouraging the Bicolano youths to take agriculture related courses. He also urged the students present to apply for his scholarship programs at the Central Bicol State University of Agriculture (CBSUA) in Pili, Camarines Sur and Bicol State College of Applied Sciences and Technology (BISCAST) in Naga City.
Earlier the DA Livestock and Poultry Program constructed one unit chicken house and one unit sheep house at the Carolina National High School and delivered 44 heads native chicken, 10 heads ewe, and 1 ram. Dr. Josefina Bañadera, DA 5 regional Livestock and Poultry Program coordinator said one unit incubator will be delivered this week. The total interventions provided to the Carolina National High School was worth P543,000.00.
Bañadera said the DA is establishing Multiplier Farms in partnership with qualified Local Government Units (LGUs), State Colleges and Universities (SUCs) and other stakeholders. In 2016, 14 Multiplier Farms were established by the DA in its Research Outreach Stations in the six provinces, DEBESMSCAT in Masbate, BUCAF in Albay and Partido State University in Camarines Sur. In these Multiplier Farms, animals like native chicken, native pigs, goats and sheeps will be bred and the offspring of these animals will be distributed to qualified farmers.
Bañadera said the idea of Multiplier Farms came out after typhoon Yolanda devastated Leyte and only the native animals survived. The DA deemed to provide farming families with additional livelihood by giving them breeder animals which can withstand adverse weather conditions.
Naga City Mayor John G, Bongat said that Camarines Sur is very lucky that Cong, Bordado is putting premium in agriculture which is also one of the priorities of LGU Naga. “Even before the implementation of the K to 12 , the LGU of Naga and the Department of Education have already agreed that Carolina National High School will specialize in agriculture,” Mayor Bongat added.
Mariano De Gusman, Assistant Schools Division Superintendent of Naga City said that many good things are happening in the academe nowadays which were brought about by the paradigm shift in education. One effect of enhanced curriculum is that schools now have the authority to partner with government agencies in preparation for the senior high school where agri-fishery is one of the tracks offered.
Francia B. Dimaculangan, Principal of the Carolina National High School expressed her gratitude to Cong. Bordado’s project saying it will be very useful to the school particularly the Senior High School.
Envisioned to be named as Carolina Agro-Industrial High School - the center for agriculture in secondary education in the province of Camarines Sur, it offers Technical Vocational and Livelihood (TVL) strand to senior high school students focusing on all agricultural courses such as Horticulture, Crop Production, Artificial Insemination and Landscaping.
Dimaculangan added that the Multiplier Farm will serve as a laboratory for the animal production courses and the students need not imagine the lessons anymore but have firsthand experience in animal husbandry.
The school covers a total of 1.5 hectares agricultural land. For the school year 2016-2017, it has a population of 983 high school students. (Lovella P. Guarin / photos by Jun Collantes DA RAFIS 5)