BAYBAY CITY, Leyte –In collaboration with the DepEd Baybay City Division Office, ATI-RTC 8 institutionalized the 3As: Appreciating Agriculture thru Arts, which aims to discuss the importance of agriculture for food, source of livelihood and economic growth with student-friendly learning activities. In its __-year run, it has engaged more than 315 elementary and secondary students from 15 schools within Baybay City, and transformed agricultural learning into artistic outputs and inter-school contests.
3A’s annually specifies a focus commodity that will orient students on the various crops and agricultural products. This year, students learned more on Cacao production and its by-products.
Ms. Emie M. Omila, Agriculturist I of ATI RTC 8, captured the students’ interest with a Knowledge Sharing activity on Cacao Production and its by-products.
Students also joined the inter-school contests on Poster Making, Essay Writing, Balak Recital, Jingle Presentation, and vLog Making Contest. Further, they were able to taste cacao products on their meals during the activity.
Teacher Coach, Ms. Kemvirly Placa graciously thanked the organizers for a well-planned activity. “The activity was very nice and well-organized. We learned a lot, especially my students. We learned about the different uses of Cacao, its health and wellness benefits. I congratulate the organizers for a successful and enjoyable activity. As a teacher, I appreciate that everything was in place from the very beginning until the end of the activity. It was a success.”
Mainly, the activity is for students to develop awareness and appreciation about agriculture. Jude Anthony Gallego enthusiastically shares, “I am very happy to be a part of this activity, because truth be told this is the first time in my life that I performed a balak piece and I was extremely nervous. After that, I felt a huge chunk of relief, and I thank ATI for creating this activity. I learned so much about Cacao, its history, the scientific name and its other products. I would also share today’s learning to my classmates, friends, and neighbors.”
Each representative of the eight (8) participating schools received garden and school supplies with 17 cacao planting materials to plant in their respective schools.
Ninety (90) students and teachers from select national high schools of Baybay City Division took part in the 3As: Appreciating Agriculture thru Arts on June 26, 2019 at RDE Hall, Baybay City, Leyte.