21 November 2013
DAF, DepEd and UN-WFP to improve food security in ARMM
COTABATO CITY- The Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) and the Department of Education (DepEd) in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) will work jointly with the United Nations–World Food Program (UN-WFP) to improve food security in the region.
The three agencies signed on Tuesday a memorandum that establishes their collaboration in the strengthening of the “Gulayan sa Paaralan”, a project that brings together the school and the community in putting up a vegetable garden within the school compound.
Macmod Mending, DAF-ARMM secretary, said the project aims to improve food security and the health of school children in the region and also lessen incidents of malnutrition.
DepEd-ARMM will help identify an area of at least 1,000 square meters in every participating school where the “gulayan” or garden can be put up and encourage 20 farmer parents and pupils to engage in the project.
The UN-WFP will support the project through the provision of food support, monitoring the progress of the engagements and facilitating meetings of stakeholders, according to the agreement.
Meanwhile, DAF-ARMM will provide agricultural inputs and organize a Project Management Team (PMT) at the provincial levels to ensure proper coordination among stakeholders.
The agency vowed to ensure the sustainability of the program and conduct a harvest festival as an indicator of its progress.
Mujiv S. Hataman, regional governor of ARMM, lauded the efforts and partnership of the three agencies.
He said it is also important to recognize the school beneficiaries who will successfully attain their target for the harvest festival.
“Lahat tayo ay makiisa sa programang ito. Hindi lamang binibigyan tayo ng ligaya kundi para simulan natin ang pagbabago sa ARMM lalung-lalo na sa mga magulang. Simulan natin ang pagbabago at reporma sa ARMM,” Hataman said during the signing ceremony. Arman C.Trabucon/OJT-Bureau of Public Information.