Best public school veggie gardens awarded

January 20, 2012 11:39 pm 

CALAMBA CITY, Laguna Jan. 20 – The Calamba City Agricultural Services Department (CASD) has awarded the “Best Gulayang Pampaaralan” to three outstanding school vegetable gardens this week as part of the city’s “Gulayan Sa Kabayanan” program.

Mayor Joaquin Chipeco Jr awarded the “Best School Garden” plaques and agricultural equipment to Milagrosa Elementary School in Barangay Tulo for bagging the 1st Place; Bubuyan Elementary School, 2nd; and Canlubang Elementary School, 3rd.

City Agriculturist Aurea Alcasabas said that the CASD in cooperation with the Department of Education has initiated the school project to instill among school children the core values of industry and productivity.

The city “Gulayan Sa Kabayanan” community vegetable gardening is part of the agricultural adaptation and productivity program in view of the city’s rapidly changing landscape brought about by modernization and industrialization.

The program encourages Calambeños to undertake vegetable gardening in vacant and idle lots in residential patios and backyards, schools, barangays and urban communities to ensure safe, healthy and fresh crops for food sufficiency, productivity and extra income, as well as to promote the “green city” campaign.

Since its launching last year, the best garden competitions expanded to three categories in the city-wide search for the best individual, barangay and container gardens through an evaluation period.

The search began April last year when the participating gardens underwent initial ocular inspections and evaluations by the CASD team. Houses with vegetable gardens were marked.

The mechanics included participating organizations that assist to maintain the gardens, supporting barangay unit, variety of vegetables, number of containers used, application of organic methods in agriculture, pest control, right methods in gardening, creativity, vegetable harvest registry and over-all presentation and garden landscape.

Barangay Cuatro garnered the “Best Barangay Garden ” while the city’s Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) won the “Best Container Garden”, in July during the celebration of Nutrition Month.

Separate awarding ceremonies for the school category were set for January since schools start their gardening project after classes officially open in June.

Winners for the grand, second and third places respectively receive the P10,000, P5,000 and P3,000 worth of assorted agricultural equipment and plaques of recognition. (PNA) LAP/SEP/utb

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