‘Jardin na Escuela’ Year 6 winners recognized PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 03 September 2011 17:30

The city government yesterday recognized winners in the Jardin na Escuela and Jardin na Barangay contests, two activities intended to encourage people—both young and old to get interested in agriculture and business entrepreneurship and ultimately to ensure food security.   
Mayor Celso Lobregat spearheaded the awarding of the prizes and certificates of appreciation to the winners and participants to the Jardin program which was first initiated by Councilor Rey Candido 6 years ago. Councilors Candido, Abdurahman Nuño, Lilia Nuño, Percival Ramos and Mike Alavar, City Agriculturist Diosdado Palacat and DEPED representative Carmen Saculingan were also present during the simple rites held at the City Hall conference room yesterday morning.
The contests—one held for the schools and the other for barangays, had two categories: backyard gardening and container gardening and covered the period December 2010 to May 2011.

Adjudged as overall winner in the Jardin na Escuela elementary level is the Zambowood Elementary School in the backyard farming and Cristino M. Paragas Elementary School for container farming while the Sta. Maria Central School topped in the backyard farming category in the central school level.

A total of 33 elementary, central and secondary schools from both the east and west coasts of the city participated in the Jardin na Escuela contest. Recognized as deserving elementary schools (under backyard gardening category) are Patalon ES, Edwin Andrews Air Base ES, Bungiao ES, Magsaysay ES (Lamisahan) and Boalan ES while Mangga Bolong ES, Sangali ES, Bolong ES and Tumaga ES are deserving schools under the container farming category.

Labuan Central School is deserving school in the central school level, container farming category. Under the secondary school level, Talon-talon National High School is deserving school under the container category while the high schools in Mercedes, Capisan and Limpapa are deserving high schools under the backyard gardening category.

In the Jardin na Barangay contest, Bolong bested all other participants which were declared as deserving barangays that include Culianan, Mercedes, Ayala, Sibulao, Calabasa, Quiniput, Zambowood, Latuan and Dulian.

Criteria for judging were Compost Preparation Skills (40%), Agricultural Management Practice (40%) and Garden Arrangement (20%).
The top winners in both the Jardin na Escuela and Jardin na Barangay contests received P150, 000 worth of infrastructure projects, funding of which will come from the countryside development fund (CDF) of Councilor Candido. Those cited as deserving schools were given certificates of appreciation.

In his message, Mayor Lobregat said the program has various objectives primary of which is to encourage young people and students to get interested in agriculture as well as teach the students and teachers to be business entrepreneurs. He said it has been noticed that only the older generation is involved or interested in farming while the young generation have other inclinations.

“All these eventually will help ensure food security”, the mayor said, as he thanked the participating schools and barangays for their enthusiasm and most especially for their support in the campaign to promote farming.

He likewise commended Councilor Candido for initiating the program and the agencies and individuals involved in helping make the program a reality such as the City Agriculturist Office, the barangay and school officials and all others.

Candido, who also chairs the Council committee on agriculture, said the program will continue for as long as he is in the position. He vowed that more strategies to make the program more interesting and significant will be initiated.

Councilor Ramos, who gave the closing remarks, said the program next year will be expanded to urban poor communities, homeowners associations and other people’s organizations as he has joined forces with Councilor Candido in the implementation of the program.

He said the program is very worthwhile and will surely help the constituents in sustaining food security.
Present during the awarding ceremonies were barangay chairmen of participating barangays and principals and or administrators of participating schools. — Sheila Covarrubias