Villar pushes for ‘Brigada Eskwela’ home gardening program
Senator Cynthia A. Villar urges the public to support the Department of Education (DepEd) ‘Brigada Eskwela’ program. Part of the program is to promote the “Gulayan sa Tahanan” or “Urban Home Garden Gardening” activity, which Villar will support by distributing plants of various vegetable seeds to schools across the country. “This is my modest way of joining the ‘Brigada Eskwela’, giving them seeds and organic fertilizers from my composting and vermicomposting facilities which they can plant on the school grounds,” said Villar, who chairs the Senate Agriculture and Food Committee. The ‘Brigada Eskwela’ will start this year and, in addition to promoting a sustainable food supply, program stakeholders should also communicate on how they can support the school in an emergency. Villar has also tabled various bills in the Senate to bring back school market gardening or the “Gulayan sa Paaralan” activity. She introduced Senate Bill No. 147 or the Educational Gardens Act, which makes the creation of educational gardens compulsory in all primary and secondary schools, public or private, making it a requirement for the creation and the issuance of permits for schools.
The bill aims to institutionalize the “Gulayan sa Paaralan” program to promote health awareness, good nutrition and help fight malnutrition. As a supporter of market gardening or backyard farming, the senator said she was happy Filipinos now have a better appreciation and interest in growing their food during ongoing community quarantines. due to COVID-19. According to Villar, everyone should be productive while following the government’s policy of “staying at home” to avoid getting infected with the virus. “By growing your food, you can be assured of having nutritious food on the table while contributing to the food sufficiency and sustainability of the country,” she said.
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