Compostela Valley – In fulfilling one of the components of Accelerated Hunger Mitigation Program (AHMP), the province launched the “Gulayan sa Paaralan Contest” in both Elementary and High School level in all schools within Compostela Valley.
The contest aims to promote and encourages vegetable production through natural farming in public elementary and high school to serve as their food basket to sustain supplementary feeding. It will also showcase small scale food production model in schools for the households to replicate, generate income to the school and give learning experiences to the students in vegetable production, to increase awareness among schools and community members on the importance of fighting malnutrition and increase appreciation and participation from administrators, teachers, parents, pupils, barangay officials and various sectors in the community in governments effort to mitigate hunger.
To implement this, the school must have a vacant area of two hundred square meters (200 sq.m.) for the establishment of Gulayan Techno Demo or school gardens. If not applicable, the school can work for the use of private vacant area or adopt container gardening technology. The participating school should show willingness in taking responsibility for the establishment and maintenance of the school garden as well as the production of school seeds for the use in the next cropping. There are assigned focal person who supervises smooth and sustained implementation of the program.
Criteria for judging includes different kinds of vegetables grown on field or in container, sustainability, records of operation, community involvement and creativity. After thorough evaluation, Manat Elementary School grabbed the first place, followed by Magsaysay Elementary School and Manat National High School.
In the same criterion, Manat Elementary School is also the Regional Winner and is now one of the nominees for Gulayan sa Paaralan Contest in the National Level. Such is in accordance of the Administrative Order No. 15 signed by Department of Agriculture Secretary Proceso J. Alcala. (Rodielyn A. Manugas-IDS COMVAL)
Gov. Arturo Uy personally hands the awards to schools who won in the “Gulayan sa Paaralan Contest. Manat Elementary School grabbed the first place, followed by Magsaysay Elementary School and Manat National High School. The Comval provincial government has been advocating the “Gulayan sa Paaralan” program as part of its nutrition and health campaign. (a. Dayao/ids comval)
Various vegetables abound in Manat Public Elementary School, hailed as Regional Winner to the Gulayan sa Paaralan program, and who will vie for the National Level. Comval provincial government strongly supports said nutrition program. (r. Renoblas/ids comval)