Various elementary and secondary schools received dragon cactus cuttings

A total of 12,356 dragon cactus cuttings were distributed to 124 elementary and 29 secondary schools in the province as part of the technology promotion of dragon fruit project of the consortium. The cuttings were distributed to said recipients after the conduct of the capability building of EPP and TLE teachers/coordinators of the Department of Education last November 6-8 and December 13-14, 2012. The dispersal of cuttings were continuously done on the first to second quarter of 2013 wherein the selected schools were required to established at least 20 posts (made in cement or madre de cacao) in their school garden. The activity aimed to promote dragon fruit technology to the youth as well as to their parents and teachers. This was inspired by the success of the two pilot projects on dragon fruit production which were established in Catuguing Elementary School and the Palayamanan 4H Club in Catuguing both in San Nicolas, Ilocos Norte. The school and the youth organization had instituted a great role in molding and teaching the youth and children on good values on entrepreneurship, hard work, responsibility and self-reliance.

In Catuguing Elementary School, a modality was initiated to mobilize the teachers, pupils and parents in establishing a production area in the school. The involvement of a school as adopter was conceptualized because of the perceived authority of the teachers on their pupils. It is a common observation that whatever new knowledge and information the teachers impart to their pupils, they usually follow. In the same manner, pupils usually get whatever things they ask from their parents. Furthermore, the project intends to introduce the value of entrepreneurship to the school children who are encouraged to engage in possible business ventures in the future. With the dragon cacti planted in the schools as initial sources of planting materials, each pupil was encouraged to plant at least one post in their homes, thus eventually achieving the goal of having “Dragon Cactus in Every Home.”  They had generated a high amount of income from their sales not only on fruits but also on cactus propagules coming from the 600 dragon cactus posts. The success of the pilot project was very encouraging because some schools have started planting dragon fruit in their school gardens.

Likewise, dragon fruit production was also introduced to Palayamanan 4H Club in Catuguing, San Nicolas, Ilocos Norte. They had established about 500 dragon cactus posts along the barangay road and their plants became the initial source of planting materials for members. These dragon cacti are now an attraction to passersby and field trip participants. The project contributed much to the barangay’s consistent recognition as the cleanest and greenest barangay in the municipality, 4H club’s National Gawad Saka Award for rural youth organization in 2010, regional Gawad Saka young farmer awardees, and three-year Hall of Fame of LGU San Nicolas on LGU-NGO partnership Award. The dragon cactus has become a profitable source of income of the club. This youth group has entered into a contract with some entrepreneurs on the establishment of dragon fruit farms through provision of planting materials, wooden posts and labor.

With the successful outcome of these two pilot project, a proposal was conceptualized to expand the project to other elementary and secondary schools as well as rural youth organizations in Ilocos Norte. Nurturing the youth to become the next generation growers and agri-business entrepreneurs in the future will be the primary aim of the project. The project will also help in developing home gardens and underutilized lands into dragon fruit production areas.

Through the continuous advocacy of dragon cactus in the schools and home gardens, this delicious and medicinal fruit will be available in the tables, even to low income households. This will also answer the problems on affordability of fruits, malnutrition and low income of households. At present, few families eat this fruit because of its premium price and only few can afford to buy. It is natural inclination that families at the lower end of the economic scale prioritize the basic needs for survival, thus, eating dragon fruit is less importance and not even a choice to them.  The following are the list of school recipients of the project:

Elementary School Recipients

  1. South Central Elementary School
  2. Subec Elementary School
  3. Saud Elementary School
  4. Burayoc Elementary School
  5. Pasaleng Elementary School
  6. Pagudpud Central Elementary School
  7. Adams Central Elementary School
  8. Bangui Central Elementary School
  9. Dumalneg Elementary School
  10. Taguipuro Elementary School
  11. Lanao Elementary School
  12. San Isidro Elementary School
  13. Banban Elementary School
  14. Nagbalagan Elementary School
  15. Baruyen Elementary School
  16. Dadaes Primary School
  17. Ablan Community Elementary School
  18. Burgos Central Elementary School
  19. Bayug Elementary School
  20. Saoit Elementary School
  21. Caruan Elementary School
  22. Sulbec Elementary School
  23. Gabaldon  Elementary School
  24. Nagabungan Elementary School
  25. Tadao Elementary School
  26. Carusikis Elementary School
  27. Bacarra Central Elementary School
  28. Pulangi Elementary School
  29. Nambaran Elementary School
  30. Buyon Elementary School
  31. Sabas Sagisi Memorial Elementary School
  32. Pasiocan Elementary School
  33. Calioet Elementary School
  34. San Agustin Elementary School
  35. Cabaroan Elementary School
  36. Tubburan Elementary School
  37. Paninaan Elementary School
  38. Cabulala-an Elementary School
  39. Cadaratan Elementary School
  40. Namurok Elementary School
  41. Palyas Integrated School
  42. Visaya Elementary School
  43. Tamdagan Elementary School
  44. Alsem Elementary School
  45. Ester Elementary School
  46. Alejo-Malasig Elementary School
  47. Lubnac Elementary School
  48. Parparoroc Elementary School
  49. Mangabobo Elementary School
  50. F. Camaquin Integrated School
  51. Salpad Integrated School
  52. Sarrat Central Elementary School
  53. Sta. Rosa Elementary School
  54. Parang Elementary School
  55. Sarrat North Central Elementary School
  56. Ruiz Elementary School
  57. Dupitac Elementary School
  58. Lagandit Elementary School
  59. Sta Maria Elementary School
  60. Calambeg Elementary School
  61. Estancia Elementary School
  62. Tangaoan Elementary School
  63. Abucay Elementary School
  64. Lipay Elementary School
  65. Bagbag Elementary School
  66. Bagbago Elementary School
  67. Barcelona Elementary School
  68. Santiago Elementary School
  69. Maananteng Elementary School
  70. Suyo Elementary School
  71. Barikir Primary School
  72. Nueva Era Central Elementary School
  73. Naguilian Elementary School
  74. Biding Elementary School
  75. Marcos Central Elementary School
  76. Mabuti Elementary School
  77. St. Gabriel Catholic School
  78. Catagtaguen Elementary School
  79. Lading Elementary School
  80. Crispina Elementary School
  81. Quiaoit Memorial Elementary School
  82. Imelda Elementary School
  83. Banna Central Elementary School
  84. Nagpatayan Elementary School
  85. Lang – ayan Elementary School
  86. Barbar Primary School
  87. Sto Tomas Elementary School
  88. Nagtrigoan Elementary School
  89. Bul-bulala Primary School
  90. Pugaoan – Buyao Elementary School
  91. Darat Elementary School
  92. Badio Elementary School
  93. Sacritan Elementary School
  94. Liliputen Elementary School
  95. Cabaroan Elementary School
  96. Salanap Elementary School
  97. Godogod Elementary School
  98. Puritac-Dalayap Elementary School
  99. Puzol Elementary School
  100. Don Mariano Marcos Memorial School
  101. Upon Primary School
  102. Buanga Primary School
  103. Gulpeng Primary School
  104. Bicbica Primary School
  105. Nagbacalan Elementary School
  106. Malaguip Elementary School
  107. Salbang Elementary School
  108. Pasil Elementary School
  109. Evangelista Elementary School
  110. Quiling Elementary School
  111. Maipalig Elementary School
  112. Naguirangan – Capacuan Elementary School
  113. Catalino Acosta Memorial Elementary School
  114. Colo Elementary School
  115. Tabug Elementary School
  116. Mariano Marcos Memorial Elementary School
  117. Baay Elementary School
  118. Hilario Valdez Memorial Elementary School
  119. Dariwdiw Elementary School
  120. Benign Macadaeg Elementary School
  121. San Mateo Elementary School
  122. Baligat Elementary School
  123. Gabu Elementary School
  124. Cavit-Araniw Elementary School
 

Secondary School Recipients

  1. Adams  National High School
  2. Bangui National High School ( Main  Campus)
  3. Davila National High School
  4. Ilocos Norte Agricultural College
  5. Cadaratan National High School
  6. Vintar National High School (Tamdagan Campus)
  7. Pallas Integrated School
  8. Isic – Isic National High School
  9. Salpad Integrated School
  10. F. Camaquin Integrated School
  11. Don S. Aquino Memorial National HS
  12. Carasi National High School
  13. Solsona National High School (Main Campus)
  14. San Marcelino National High School
  15. Sta. Rosa National High School
  16. Caestebanan National High School
  17. San Nicolas NHS (Main Campus)
  18. Batac NHS ( Main Campus)
  19. Batac NHS (Payao Campus)
  20. Batac NHS ( Poblacion Campus)
  21. Paoay Lake NHS (Main Campus)
  22. Currimao NHS (Main Campus)
  23. Currimao NHS (Pias-Gaang Campus)
  24. Nagrebcan National High School
  25. Caraitan Integrated School
  26. Ilocos Norte Regional School of Fisheries
  27. Ilocos Norte College of Arts and Trades
  28. Ilocos Norte National High School (Ablan Avenue, 4 San Guillermo)
  29. Balatong Integrated School