Ormoc City, Leyte – It’s that time once again! This time, Grades 9 and 10 students got to participate in ATI RTC 8’s fun-filled awareness campaign Rice and Organic Agriculture Awareness Reach Schools (ROARS).

ROARS chose the New Ormoc City National High School (NOCNHS) as venue for its activity. Every year, ATI RTC 8 conducts ROARS in different schools to promote awareness rice and organic agriculture among high school students and teachers.

This year’s ROARS is anchored on the National Rice Awareness Month theme, “Buy local. Eat local” and the Organic Agriculture Awareness Month theme, “Organikong agrikultura sa kumikitang kabuhayan para sa kalusugan at kapaligiran”. Games, videos, short presentations on rice and organic agriculture, and a demonstration on how to make a square foot garden were the highlights of the activity. Mr. Loreto P Godoy, Magsasaka Siyentista of Baybay City, Leyte shared his knowledge and skills on square foot gardening. Students and teachers also enjoyed the games which won them packs of black rice, red rice, and brown rice.

Ms. Rechel Cangue, NOCNHS teacher, summed up her impression with the acronym RICE,” My impression is in 4 letters. It starts with R: receptive, especially for the audience. I stands for intensive knowledge of our speakers. Ideas are simple and easy to understand. C stands for comprehensive content given by our speakers. Thank you ATI, for the wonderful and practical inputs. E stands for excellent, excellent overall although this is only for half day”.

ROARS was conducted on November 22, 2019 at the New Ormoc City National High School, Ormoc City, Leyte with 106 participants composed of teachers and Grades 9 and 10 students.