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School given inputs
for vegetable project

Senior officials of the Bacolod City Agriculture Office headed by Goldwyn Nifras delivered gardening inputs to Paglaum Village Elementary School, a provincial champion in DepEd’s Gulayan sa Paaralan dubbed Project Bacolod Implements Nature Greening, or “BING” Program, a press release from the city said.

The inputs delivered to school Principal II Asther Jean Saril are part of CAO’s Bio-Diversity Nurtured Garden.

We’re elated that Paglaum Elementary School has maintained its award-winning Gulayan sa Paaralan so the CAO will extend assistance to the school to sustain its program, Nifras said.

Saril said the school maintains two Gulayan sa Paaralan sites with an aggregate area of about 1,000 square meters that are tended by grade 4, 5 and 5 pupils as part of their subject Edukasyong Pantahanan at Pangkabuhayan subject.

Saril said that during the recent 7th Negros Island Organic Farmers Festival, Paglaum was declared the champion and given a P30,000 cash award that they used to support their gardens and improve their gymnasium.

Paglaum has a well-functioning composting system using dry leaves as twigs as materials. The composts are as soil conditioners for the school gardens, the press release said.

The produce of the school gardens are used for the pupils’ feeding program and the excess sold to students, teachers, parents and the neighboring community.

Saril also said the school has inspired the establishment of two pilot community BING gardens within the Paglaum Village.

The school is providing technical assistance to these pilot gardens, the press release said.*

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