/ 26 August 2021

THE DEPARTMENT of Agriculture turned over agricultural products to 50 public schools in the province of Siquijor to promote health and nutrition.

Through the DA’s Provincial Agricultural Technology Coordinating Office Siquijor, each school received five sprinklers, five hand trowels, two sacks of organic fertilizers, and vegetable seeds.

Gregolito Bunado, Agricultural Program Coordinating Officer, said there should be a balance between food and people, noting that schools play a vital role in shaping the minds of the students.

“Students must be taught the value of food production and food security. As training ground for students, this program aims to teach students to love agriculture and its system,” Bunado said.

Siquijor Governor Zaldy Villa said that promotion of healthy food choices and sustainability in the locality is a top priority of his governance.

“Schools, as home of future leaders, must teach students how to grow nutritious food and enhance food security. We are thankful to the Department of Agriculture for the continuous provisions of farm inputs,” the governor said.

Congressman Jake Vincent Villa, meanwhile, thanked DA for its continued support in the province’s local food production.

“School gardens are a great way for children to learn about nutrition. This Gulayan sa Paaralan will support better nutrition of students and can incorporate lessons of healthy eating,” the congressman said.