|Posted by rcpuri on February 25, 2010 at 5:40 PM|
SARIAYA, Quezon — Rep. Proceso J. Alcala (2nd district, Quezon)announced yesterday the winners in the “Procesong Gulay para saMasaganang Buhay” contest conducted in cooperation with the Departmentof Education (DepEd) and Allied Botanical Corp.
The school version of the contest is called “Gulayan sa Paaralan” best school competition (Season II).
Alcala said that the elementary schools in the towns of Dolores, SanAntonio, Tiaong, Candelaria, Sariaya and Lucena City participated inthe contest in which three elementary schools were selected winnersunder the municipal-level category.
He said that the contest aims to promote awareness among elementaryand high school students in appreciating vegetables production andprocessing.
He announced that the contest winners were San Antonio CentralSchool in San Antonio town, first prize; first runner-up, MontecilloElementary School in Sariaya town; and second runner-up, TamisanElementary School in Tamisan.
Speaking at the awardingceremony held at the Sentrong Pamilihang Bayan of Quezon here, Alcalaappealed to some 300 people, mostly teachers, principals, students andbarangay officials, to continuously support the project becauseFilipinos, according to a research, are not so keen in eatingvegetables.
“If our national government and my colleagues in Congress supportorganic farming, the Filipinos would not experience poverty,” Alcalasaid, adding that six farmers living at Sitio Orboc, this town havealready constructed bungalow houses with their income from organicfarming in the past 10 months.
Alcala informed his audience that Dr. Mauro Blauta of DepEd’s Lucenadistrict office and DepEd office in Laguna district are both promotingorganic farming by conducting seminars and training for farmers.
The congressman also appealed to Agriculture Secretary Arthur Yap,through Assistant Secretary Dennis Araullo who was present during theawarding rites, to see to it that Quezon has an “open window” fororganic farming.
Source: Manila Bulletin