DA trains teachers on veggie production PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 19 June 2014 13:46

The Department of Agriculture Region 9 thru its High Value Crops Development Program (HVCDP) and in partnership with the Department of Education (DepEd) recently conducted a two-day training entitled, “Training of Trainors on  Agri-Pinoy Gulayan sa Paaralan Program (AP-GPP)” at the Top Plaza Hotel, Dipolog City.

The training was intended for the elementary and secondary teachers for  Edukasyong Pangtahanan at Pangkabuhayan (EPP) and Technology and Livelihood Education (TLE) subjects in public schools.

“The objective of this training is to address food security, nutrition, and to encourage children to eat vegetables at the same time allow them to have income from vegetables,” HVCDP Coordinator  Ms. Ana S. Aying explained after she gave the rationale of the training.

On the first day, all  55 participants were from Dipolog City. Mayor Evelyn T. Uy told the teachers “the AP-GPP program is very important because this will help educate our children to eat vegetables given that they spend more time in school than at home. The community should as well value agriculture. There are still idle  lands that people did not make use of,” Mayor Uy said.

On the second day, 170 participants were from the three congressional districts in the province of Zamboanga del Norte.  Dr. Sofia Uy, head of the Health and Nutrition Unit, DepEd, ZN said, “I hope that we are going to execute our learning here in AP-GPP training not because we are in a competition, but because we love to do this. We must promote security on the food that we partake, and let this program from the Department of Agriculture be our way in making this possible.”

The DA will provide the planting materials to all schools who attended the training and also   aim to make all public schools in Region IX recipients of the Agri-Pinoy Gulayan sa Paaralan Program.

Among others, topics discussed were,  tips on vegetable production; vermi composting;  implementing guidelines on school gardening; establishment of school gardens; and indigenous vegetables.  Lecturers were Ms.  Aying, and HVCDP Report Officer Hanibal Bayoang.

Also present during the training were DA  Agricultural Program Coordinator for Zamboanga del Norte Mr. Vicente G. Balingit and Mr. Robert Villacora, from the Office of Senator Cynthia Villar, who said,  “Let us make this AP-GPP a sustainable practice in our school and in our community.” — Jeanny M. Rodriguez, DA-9