30 schools join Jardin na Eskwela tilt PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 10 March 2011 15:30

The ‘Jardin na Escuela’ tilt, a gardening competition that started in 2007, is now on.
Some 30 public elementary and secondary schools in the city are participating in the competition that is organized by the City Agriculturist Office in cooperation with Councilor Reynerio Candido, who initiated the project four years ago.

Now a yearly competition, the Jardin na Escuela showcases the best of the today’s youth in terms of gardening skills and strategies. There are two categories to be competed upon-the Backyard Category and the Container Gardening Category. Each category is divided into three levels-the Elementary Level, Central School Level and Secondary Level.

The project aims to promote the use of organic fertilizers among young participants. Initially, it was intended to address malnutrition cases among participating schools. After three years of success, this year it shifted its focus to promote the use of nature-friendly fertilizers. 

Of the 30 participating schools, 23 belong to the elementary and central levels and the remaining 19 are vying under the secondary level. All participants were given orientation last December 2010 before the contest officially started January 3.

The criteria of the said contest include Compost Preparation Skills (40%), Agricultural Management Practice (40%) and Garden Arrangement (20%).

The lone winner of each category will awarded with P150, 000 worth of infrastructure projects to be funded from the Community Development Fund of Councilor Candido.

The awarding ceremony, which is scheduled in June this year, will coincide with the launching of the Second Phase of Jardin na Eskwela project.

In the same light, Boalan Elementary School- a grand slam winner of the same competition from 2007 to 2009 conducts today a Ceremonial Planting at the school’s open court at 9:00 AM.  — City Hall PIO