Pangasinan pupils to learn ‘pinakbet’ gardening


Posted at Oct 21 2008 02:02 AM | Updated as of Oct 21 2008 10:05 AM

URDANETA CITY - Schools in Pangasinan are set become venues for food production by elementary students. 
Through Gulayan at Maisan sa Eskwelahan or GAMES, students are going to be encouraged to engage themselves in vegetable gardening, said Abono Partylist Representative Rosendo So. 
The project aims to encourage instill to pupils, at their young age, the value of nutrition, good health, as well as productivity and love for work. 
It further aims to establish schools as small-scale food production sites which would help ease shortage of food, So added. 
Students would be taught how to plant "pinakbet vegetables" such as string beans, squash, okra, tomato and bitter gourd, together with high-value crops like yellow corn. 
Seeds and fertilizers would be given free. 
Aside from enjoying the fruits of their labor, students and schools with winning gardens would reportedly be awarded a new school building.