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Veggie growers launch search for best gardens

  • Subject: [cg] Veggie growers launch search for best gardens
  • From: Don Boekelheide <dboekelheide@yahoo.com>
  • Date: Mon, 18 Oct 2004 07:12:22 -0700 (PDT)

Davao, Philippines ?Sun-Star?

Oct 18

Veggie growers launch search for best gardens

TO SHOWCASE the relevance of vegetable garden as an
alternative source of readily available and affordable
nutritious food and to generate income for the
barangay [?small village? ? see note], a group of
vegetable growers in Southern Mindanao is currently
campaigning for the Gulayan sa Barangay (GSB) project.

The Vegetable Industry Council of Southern Mindanao,
Inc. (Vicsmin) also urged city barangays to join in a
competition they will organize for the region's best
vegetable gardens.  

The group has already set the mechanics, as guiding
principles for the barangays, to wit: the minimum area
of each GSB is 150 square meters and the maximum is
300 square meters; there should be at least five kinds
of vegetables planted; the barangay should have
records of activity regarding the GSB operation; GSB
entry must be self-reliant; GSB must be a community
activity, thus, everybody in the barangay must
cooperate; with standing crops during the evaluation;
participating barangay will start at zero-based on
September 2004; and judging will be done quarterly. 

Certain criteria have been drafted also, among these
are: vegetable, with a percentage weight of 70
percent; amenities with 10 percent; ornamentals with
10 percent; and aesthetic value also with 10 percent. 

The activity started in September and will end on
August next year. 

Among the proponents of the activity are Department of
Agriculture-Regional Field Unit 11 (DA-RFU 11), Davao
City Council, City Agriculturist's Office, and Growth
with Equity in Mindanao 2 (GEM 2) program. (JMM) 

[A barangay is the smallest local government unit in
the Philippines and is very similar to a village.
Municipalities and cities are composed of barangays.
Each barangay is headed by a barangay captain (punong
barangay) who leads the barangay council (sangguniang
barangay) composed of barangay councilors (kagawad).
Every barangay also has a Youth Council ("Sangguniang
Kabataan" or "SK") composed of the SK President or
Chairman and SK Councilors, who direct the
youth-oriented activities, such as basketball leagues,
in the barangay. Historically, the term barangay
refers to a community of around 50 to 100 families.
The word itself is derived from an ancient Malay boat
called a balangay. This connection between community
and boat supports certain theories on the history of
the pre-colonial Philippines, specifically, that each
original coastal ?barangay? formed as a result of
settlers arriving by boat from other places in
Southeast Asia. ? from Wikipedia -  en.wikipedia.org].

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