TACLOBAN CITY- This city’s Green Revolution program is strengthened as the St. Francis Integrated School in St. Francis Village begins their ‘Gulayan sa Paaralan’ project.
In collaboration with the city government of Tacloban thru Chief of Staff, City Hall North Ruth Ramirez, with the assistance of Marito Barillo of the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office, the vegetable seeds from National Housing Authority (NHA), the school administration and the parents (most of whom are 4 Ps/MCCT beneficiaries), they have converted the vacant lot inside the school property into a vegetable garden.
Monitored by the school head Jennifer Babiano, and the Gulayan sa Paaralan coordinator, Elma Lopez, the group of parents work in the garden every Wednesday and Friday.
Inspired by Mayor Alfred Romualdez’s desire for food security and sustainability in Tacloban City, Gulayan sa Paaralan has set up a calendar of appropriate vegetables to grow per season.
The group is also determined to promote proper waste disposal and segregation by producing organic fertilizer for the vegetable garden from kitchen waste.
Meanwhile, the first harvest is geared towards healthy consumption for the school children, but the group is determined to expand for the garden to be a source of income in the near future.
If this kind of community endeavor, such as farming and gardening will continue in the coming years, no Taclobanon will ever be hungry again, according to  Babiano. (TACLOBAN CITY INFORMATION OFFICE)