CABANATUAN CITY, Nueva Ecija – A public school here continues to distribute vegetable seeds to help the community cope with the adverse economic impact of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic while offering worthwhile activity to students.
The P.G. Crisostomo Integrated School in Barangay Aduas Sur, this city aims to sustain its “Quarantanim Program” themed “Pandemya ay Labanan, Magtanim sa Bakuran, Libre ang Punla sa Paaralan,” a vegetable distribution project that benefits families through food security, PGCIS acting head teacher Cristhel A. Batalla said in an interview on Tuesday.
“Naisip namin na bigyan sila ng mapaglilibangan para meron silang paglaanan ng oras nila, at the same time natututo sila at pwede rin ponilang pagkakitaan (We thought of giving them something to have fun with so that they can spend time on an activity that at the same time allows them to learn and also earn money),” Batalla said.
The project complemented the school’s Technology and Livelihood Education (TLE) subject where students learn about agri-crop for specialization, she added.
Batalla said prolonged quarantine restrictions prompted school officials headed by the principal, Trinidad G. Beltran, to seek the continuous implementation of “Quarantanim” until officials of other neighboring schools asked them for seedlings and other materials.
“Nag-campaign kami (We campaigned) through Facebook at yung mga kaibigan natin na (and our friends who are) home gardening advocates din ay tumulong (also helped). Nagbigay ng seeds, ng seedling trays at yung iba po cash na ibinibili po natin ng punla (they gave seeds, seedling trays and others gave cash which we used to buy seedlings),” she said, noting that there were schools that donated the needed materials and organic soil, allowing them to continue the distribution of seedlings.
Some organizers of community pantries have also requested seedlings from PGCIS to be given away to residents of different villages as well as the Boy Scouts of the Philippines’ Cabanatuan City Council for its urban gardening project.
Boy Scouts leader Jansen F. Oseo whose group helps in seedling distribution, finds inspiration from the “Quarantanim” program.
“Bilang kabataan, nakikita ko ang programa na ito na napakalaki po ng epekto sa community natin lalo na ngayong pandemic. Limitado po ang pinagkukunan ng mga kababayan po natin at sa pamamagitan po na pamimigay ng punla ay nasu-sustain po yung pinagkukunan po nila (As a youth, I see this program as having a huge impact on our community especially during this pandemic. The resources of our provincemates are limited and through the distribution of seedlings, their resources are sustained,” he said. (PNA)