DepEd sustains the implementation of ‘Gulayan sa Paaralan’
To address malnutrition and promote vegetable production and consumption among school children, the Department of Education (DepEd) has decided to sustain the implementation of the “Gulayan sa Paaralan” (GPP) in public elementary and secondary schools nationwide.
This was formalized in order issued by Education Secretary Leonor Briones.
Briones said the memorandum was issued to “encourage both public elementary and secondary schools to establish school gardens to ensure continuous supply of vegetables for school feeding, specifically School-Based Feeding Program (SBFP).”
She also ordered all regional directors, schools division superintendents, and school heads to “provide full administrative support to the management of the program.”
The general objective of the GPP is to promote food security in schools and communities, through self-help food production activities and values among learners and appreciation of agriculture as a life support system.
The GPP also aims to “establish and maintain gardens as a ready food basket/source of vegetables in sustaining feeding.”
Last year, DepEd also launched the “Oplan Kalusugan (OK) sa DepEd Program” which recognizes the vital role of all DepEd health personnel in the delivery of quality, accessible, relevant, and liberating basic education for all.