STAKEHOLDERS OF FARM SCHOOLS FOSTER PARTNERSHIP ENGAGEMENT
The Farm Schools Stakeholders in Negros Occidental fostered partnership through Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) Signing held at the Capitol Social Hall in Bacolod City, today (Feb 22).
According to Negros Occidental Schools Division Superintendent Marsette Sabbaluca, the partnership engagement among farm schools aims to educate the youth about natural resources, sustainable agricultural and fishery productivity, food sufficiency, and eco-tourism; to transform farm schools into “incubators” with state-of-the-art equipment, quality teachers, and access to immersion programs; and to use a sectoral engagement platform in collaboration with the League of Provinces of the Philippines and USAID.
Board Member Agustin Ernesto Bascon, chairman of the SP Committee on Education, Dr. Edmundo Raul Causing of the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist, former OPA OIC Dr. Dina Genzola, Provincial Veterinarian Dr. Renante Decena, superintendents of various school divisions, farm school coordinators, principals, and other DepEd representatives all attended the activity.
Governor Bong Lacson said the activity demonstrates the province’s commitment to providing learners with the necessary knowledge, agricultural skills, and attitudes in order to increase productivity and develop sustainable farming.
He also said that that the improvement of the agriculture sector through the development of the industry can greatly affect the progress of the province, thus, the need to establish avenues of learning suited to the needs and realities of the rural agricultural communities.
“As the father of this province, one of the most judicious pursuit I can take is to make sure that Negros Occidental shall persevere and persist; and as such, we need to make certain that the next generation will be made more capable, knowledgeable, and empowered to shape the future not just for themselves but for all Negrense generations next,” said the governor.
Gov. Lacson thanked all stakeholders for their dedication to promoting sustainable agricultural productivity and rural development by empowering rural human capital.