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DepEd boosts veggie-growing program in Region 3 schools

The Department of Education (DepEd) in Central Luzon’s Education Support Services Division is giving a boost to its implementation of the Enhanced Gulayan sa Paaralan Program (EGPP) in all public elementary and secondary schools in the region.

The Gulayan sa Paaralan Program (GPP) is one of the programs under the National Greening Program of the Department of Education.

It is one of the mechanisms the government implemented to promote and raise awareness to address food insecurity in the country, according to officials.

DepEd Central Luzon has inked a partnership with Department of Agriculture Regional Field Office III (DA-RFO III) and East West Seed Foundation for efficient and effective implementation of Enhanced Gulayan sa Paaralan Program (EGPP) though Project GAME “Gulayan para sa Aktibong Mag-aaral ng rEhiyon tatlo.”

This project will help schools to become self-reliant and self-sufficient in addressing the nutritional deficiency among the learners, officials said.

“The project will also serve as an eye-opener among the learners on the significant impact of agriculture through the Enhanced Gulayan sa Paaralan Program- Project GAME to human-wellbeing for its nutritional value as well as its economic benefits and most importantly it serves as a life support system,” Regional Director May Eclar said.

“The product that can be harvested and consumed can help to enhance the academic performance of the learners through proper nutrition obtained from the harvested vegetables from the school, home, and community,” she added.