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Albay Gov. Bichara graces re-launching of DepEd’s Gulayan sa Paaralan Program

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Albay Governor Al Francis Bichara has graced the re-launching of the Gulayan sa Paaralan Program (GPP) yesterday, June 6, at the Farmer’s Auditorium, Albay Farmers’ Bounty Village.

The Gulayan sa Paaralan is an initiative of the Department of Education as a response to sustainable development, of which the Governor Bichara would also like to strengthen and sustain.

“This year, the Department of Agriculture Region 5 initiated this program as an incentive to public schools that implemented and sustained the GPP,” the Albay Provincial Agricultural Office said.

“In partnership with the Provincial Government of Albay through the Albay Provincial Agricultural Office, DAROF 5 will be distributing school garden package composed of seedling trays, wheel barrow, rake, hoe, shovel, sprinkler, water plastic drum, water hose, organic fertilizer and assorted vegetable seeds,” it added.

Bichara earlier stressed the importance of agriculture in tourism, culture and as a way to shy the youth away from violence and drugs.

“Aside from food sustainability of this program, Chief, Operations Division of DARFO 5, Ms. Mary Grace Rodriguez highlighted the purpose of this program – support for hunger mitigation which is the feeding program. She even mentioned that this program also serves as an income generating project,” the APAO said.

“GPP will showcase small-scale production models in schools for the households and community to replicate purposely to promote family food security; and inculcate among the students the values of good health and nutrition, industry, love of labor, and caring for others,” it added.