EdPam lauds “Gulayan sa Paaralan” winnersPosted by Vic on 2013-02-10 23:10:53 MST
ANGELES CITY - Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan led Monday’s awarding ceremony of the winning schools with best agricultural and environmental practices in this city.
Among the participating public schools, Francisco G. Nepomuceno Memorial High School (FGNMHS) was conferred as the most outstanding school for 2012 after showing exemplary performance in fostering vegetable gardening.
EPZA Elementary School (EES) and Angeles City National High School (ACNHS) ranked second and third respectively.
“Gulayaan sa Paaralan” (vegetable gardening in the school) was launched last year by the City Agriculture Office (CAO) in cooperation with the Division of City Schools, encouraging all public schools to plant agricultural crops within their area as one way of addressing the problem with hunger and malnutrition.
The program aims to encourage public schools to utilize vacant areas in their schools for planting of various crops and to raise the public's awareness on the nutritional value of vegetables to child’s development and learning process.
As counterpart to the project, CAO provided each school with vegetable seedlings during the duration of the program implementation.
Schools were tasked to plant vegetables in vacant lots to have an alternative source of food for the school's feeding program.
For his part, Pamintuan expressed elation over the overwhelming response of the participating schools to the city’s greening advocacy.
“Since the start of our administration, we have been staunchly advocating for a cleaner and greener city; this urban greening program which has started in schools is just a first step to make Angeles the most environmentally friendly city in the country,” Pamintuan said.
He also acknowledged this project as an effort to fight hunger and malnutrition, ensuring that “in five to ten years, no Angeleño in the city will ever be hungry.”
Erlinda Cangco, this city’s Agriculture Officer, explained that the program design of this project centers on the planting of different fruit-bearing trees, and leafy vegetables in cooperation with the Task Force: 1 Million Trees.
“We would want to extend our deepest thanks to Mayor EdPam for supporting and allowing us to pursue the program,” Cangco said.
Celina Vega, principal of FGNMHS expressed optimism towards the city government’s greening initiative.
“Gulayan sa Paaralan is a great opportunity for us to continue and promote agricultural practices in our school,” said Vega.
To date, FGNMHS has been active in implementing their “Luntiang Paaralan” program aiming to preserve and uphold ecological sustainability through which every student is encouraged to take part.
The school established its own Material Recovery Facility (MRF) and vermi-composting section which generates additional income for the school.
The school also led the use of “receptacle planting” which utilizes plastic bottles as pots; and the installation of “seed banks” where the community could take part in planting inside the school premises.
The winning schools received cash incentives from the city government.
The schools were judged based on production management, nutrition impact, community and parent’s participation and innovation.
The judges include: environmentalist Cecil Yumul, businessman Renato ‘Abong’ Tayag, and Marie Joy Daguro from the Department of Agriculture.