Baybay City, Leyte - The “roars” of the young ones still sounded as strong and sure as the first time. Now on its 4th year, the Rice and Organic Agriculture Awareness Reach Schools (ROARS) continued its campaign to teach children to be RicePonsible and adopt organic agriculture practices in school and even at home. Schools from the very first ROARS activity up to the latest met up to continue their show of passion and dedication for rice and OA.
Elementary pupils were accompanied by their teachers as they participated in the different activities lined up during the ROARS 2018. There was an exhibit on rice information, a quiz show, and the search for ROARS Best Vegetable School Garden. Teachers were also oriented on possible projects for their respective schools during the embedded seminar on Aquaponics and Edible Landscaping. A regular during ROARS activities, Mr. Loreto Godoy, a Magsasaka Siyentista of Baybay City, shared his knowledge about the topics and gamely answered the questions of the participants.
The participants were appreciative of the activities lined up for them, prompting Kitch Atchecoso of Candadam Elementary School to promise that she will apply all that she has learned in school and at home.
ROARS 2018 made sure to recognize the efforts of teachers and pupils in setting up and maintaining their Gulayan sa Paaralan. A first for ROARS was the search for the Best Vegetable School Garden. The award was given to Guadalupe Elementary School (GES). For the Quiz Show, Candadam Elementary School won first place.
ROARS is ATI-RTC 8’s initiative to help celebrate November as National Rice Awareness Month and Organic Agriculture Month. It is implemented as a promotional mechanism to remind everyone about rice self-sufficiency and organic agriculture for a sustainable production and environment. Children in particular remain a priority as they will be taking over the agricultural sector in the near future.
Fifty (50) pupils and teachers represented the 7 participating schools including Villa Elementary School, Cabalasan Elementary School, Bitanhuan Elementary School, Punta, Elementary School, Candadam Elementary School, Kilim Elementary School, and Guadalupe Elementary School.