Nestlé Philippines makes
another step forward in supporting the Nestlé Healthy Kids Program by launching
its NutriGardens program, which involves the establishment of 150 school
vegetable gardens across the country with partner East-West Seed Foundation.
The program was
formally launched at Segundo Esguerra Sr. Memorial Elementary School in
Pulilan, Bulacan on February 17. NPI Chairman and CEO Jacques Reber and
Corporate Affairs Head Ernie Mascenon spearheaded the event, with no less than
Senator Cynthia Villar and Pulilan Mayor Maritz Ochoa-Montejo as special
guests. Froneri employees, led by Froneri HR Head Luz Tanquintic, were also
present during the launch. Other guests included officers from the Central,
Regional, and District Offices of the Department of Education.
keynote address, Senator Villar commended Nestlé on rolling out such a worthy
project, saying that she believes vegetable gardening can help solve
malnutrition among school children. She underscored the importance of
agriculture and expressed hopes that the NutriGarden project will also give
school children an early exposure to and appreciation of agriculture.
East-West Seed Foundation (EWSF) as its partner for this program because of the
foundation’s extensive school vegetable gardening program called OMG-TSK (Oh My
Gulay– Tanim Sa Kinabukasan). EWSF has helped establish over 250 school gardens
in the past five years through the help of previous donors such as BDO,
Novartis, and EWSF invited the EPP (Edukasyong Pantahanan at Pangkabuhayan)
coordinators of the chosen elementary schools to participate in a three-day
training program where they were taught extensively about vegetable gardening.
These EPP teachers then received their individual garden kits per school,
consisting of seeds, fertilizer, and tools.
The launch in
Pulilan, Bulacan is part of the first wave of the NutriGarden implementation in
this first half of the year. The second wave is set in the second half of 2017
and the third wave will be in 2018. Harvest days for Wave 1 started in April.
Nestlé plans to collect data on the harvest yield of the schools and the effect
of the yield on either nutrition or income of the school.
To date, the joint
effort of Nestlé Philippines and Eastwest Seed Foundation has resulted to 66
elementary schools breaking ground for their school vegetable gardens as part
of the first wave of the NutriGarden Program.
This project is a
true reflection of Nestlé’s purpose of enhancing quality of life and
contributing to a healthier future.
To learn more about the Nestlé Healthy Kids Program, click here: https://www.nestle.com.ph/stories/Pages/Nestl-Healthy-Kids.aspx