NUTRITION CORNER: Gulayan sa Paaralan helps reduce hunger, malnutrition

SAN FERNANDO CITY – The Department of Education has given a new life to the Gulayan sa Paaralan project with its incorporation in the City and Provincial DepEd’s School Division supplementary feeding program for school children.

In partnership with the Department of Agriculture-La Union and the Abono Party list, the project which was first launched in 2010 has become a valuable strategy in combatting the problem of malnutrition in La Union.

Rowena C. Banzon, La Union Schools Division Superintendent, said they have met the project objectives which include teaching school children the importance of agriculture and the concept of reducing hunger mitigation and poverty alleviation through gardening in school yards.

Teachers and schoolchildren have adopted  organic gardening as a technique in planting and raising their vegetable garden.

Crops harvested from the school garden are used to supplement the feeding program of the school.

Banzon said it is easy to inculcate to the school chldren the habit of eating vegetables because they personally planted them in the school garden.

For its part, the DA provided seedlings and other inputs to the schools in the province.

According to Paz Mones, DA Regional Technical Director for Operations, at least 238 schools out of the 412 public elementary and secondary schools in the province were beneficiaries of seedlings and other farm inputs such as organic fertilizers and gardening tools given  by the DA and the Abono Party list.

The Gulayan project is pursuant to DepEd Memorandum No 293 s. 2009 and DA Administrative Order 10 s. 2007.

“Through this project, we hope to serve all undernourished children,” Banzon said.  (With report by Joanne Namnama G. Parrocha, PIA 1, La Union)