Viga Mayor Partners with 31 Schools on Food Production

Thirty-one schools in the municipality of Viga have entered into a partnership with Mayor Emeterio “Bong’ Tarin in the Gulayan sa Paaralan program mandated by the Department of Agriculture.

Last Nov. 5-9, Mayor Tarin and wife Ma. Theresa Lorraine made the rounds of the four high schools, 26 elementary schools and one primary school to distribute seeds as the municipal government’s assistance to the schools in said program.

“This assistance is intended to uplift the livelihood and life of my fellow Viganons,” Tarin stated, adding that the effort is being coordinated with the recipient schools and its officials, particularly Viga West district supervisor Rosario Peña and Viga East district supervisor Henry Marin, barangay captains and officials, and the DA.

Tarin initiated the grant of the assistance upon learning of the Gulayan sa Paaralan program of DA Sec. Proceso Alcala who sought to promote self-help food production activities and values among children that will emphasize agriculture as a life support system.

The program specifically seeks to promote vegetable production through natural farming in public elementary and high schools as well as establish and maintain school gardens to serve as food basket and main source of vegetables to sustain supplementary feeding. The small-scale food production model in the schools will be showcased for households and communities to replicate.

Under the Memorandum of Agreement signed by DA with the Department of Education, each school shall have garden on a 200-square meter lot or adopt the container-gardening technology. The Parents-Teachers Associations shall be active partners in the program. All harvests will be owned by the school and may be sold or used in its supplementary feeding program.

The 31 recipient schools are: Villa Aurora ES, Tinago ES, Tinago NHS, Botinagan ES, Soboc ES. Buenavista ES. Tambongon Central ES, Tambongon NHS, Batohonan ES, Begonia ES, Quirino ES, Magsaysay ES, Mabini ES, Ananong ES, Ogbong ES, Sta. Rosa ES, Viga Central ES, Rizal ES, Del Pilar ES, Osmeña PS, San Jose (Oco) ES, San Jose (Oco) NHS, Burgos ES, Almojuela ES, San Roque ES, Sagrada ES, Roxas ES, P. Vera (Summit) ES, and P. Vera (Kanlangka) ES.

Mayor Tarin said that his administration will extend the same assistance to the barangays beginning in January next year as part of his commitment to push food production among Viganons.

Source: Catanduanes Tribune