Philippines

DA, DepEd talk to reintroduce agriculture in public schools

DA, DepEd talk to reintroduce agriculture in public schools
By Perla Lena

ILOILO CITY (Philippines News Agency) — Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said that talks are ongoing between officials of his department and the Department of Education (DepEd) about the plan to reintroduce agriculture in public school curriculum.

“We are working on a program that will bring back agriculture in grade schools and in high schools all over the country. We will have to reintroduce agriculture even the simple gardening,” Piñol said in an interview Thursday afternoon following the opening of the Makina Expo 2017 in this city.

The initiative seeks to respond to the waning interest of Filipino children in agriculture.

Piñol emphasized that “the lifeblood of this country is agriculture and fisheries.”

“This one we would like to institutionalize agriculture and simple gardening in the curriculum of public schools both in the elementary and high school,” he said, adding this is more than the “Gulayan sa Paaralan” project that was also introduced in schools.

Piñol said they are hoping to introduce the program starting next school year.

Currently, they are now on the technical level where both departments’ undersecretaries are discussing the planned reintroduction of the program.

Meanwhile, the secretary announced that their scholarship program continues for students who would like to enroll in agriculture.

With the free tuition program implemented in state universities and colleges (SUCs), DA will just shoulder other expenses of the scholar.

Those interested are advised to visit the nearest DA office or the registrar of the school where they intend to enroll. (PNA)

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