Gulayan sa Puluy-anan
Gulayan sa Puluy-anan
University of St. La Salle – Bacolod
“Malnutrition is one of the key problems that we’re facing now. BLT Pupils often go to school hungry. Being unable to eat breakfast and dinner at home, they would just rely on the free lunch feeding at school. We want to stop it by educating our BLT parents on the importance of having a vegetable garden in their own backyards. In this way, I believe, we can lessen the impact of Malnutrition” said Elvie Aligabo, BLT feeding coordinator of Lamesa Elementary School.
Having a garden in our own backyards is a good way to lessen the impact of malnutrition and one school here in Negros Occidental does just that. The school was able to encourage BLT parents to put up their own vegetable garden at home or what they call the Gulayansa Puluy-anan.
The Gulayan sa Puluy-anan is a project of the BLT team of La Mesa Elementary School in DepEd Division of San Carlos City which is headed by its school principal, Ms. Jovita Guantero. The main objective of this project is to provide BLT families a source of organic and nutritious vegetables and fruits which they can sell and even use to feed their children at home.
Through this program, the BLT families can earn money by selling their extra produce to the school or even to the market. This way, we can also assure that the food that we serve is nutritious and free from chemicals.
Gulayan sa Puluy-anan is also a big help in sustaining parent involvement and participation.
The BLT team provides the seeds from San Carlos City Department of Agriculture. The first program evaluation was conducted last November 26, 2014 by the BLT team. They target to conduct the final evaluation in March. Winning or commendable BLT parent/s will receive grocery items and certification from the school.
Aside from the Gulayan sa Puluy-anan, some of the best practices of the school are the following—productive BLT/School garden, accurate reporting, updated BLT corner and transparency board, pro-active BLT team and cooperative BLT parents.
La Mesa Elementary School is one of the 122 recipient schools of the Busog, Lusog, Talino (BLT) school feeding program facilitated by Institute for Negros Development of University of St. La Salle. The feeding program is on its way to end the 120-day feeding cycle.