By JOHN CARLO M. CAHINHINAN
VIGAN CITY, Ilocos Sur – Administration senatorial bet Francis Tolentino wants to amend the existing K to 12 curriculum of the Department of Education to revitalize the county’s agricultural high schools.
In his speech during proclamation rally of Mayor Sara Duterte’s Hugpong ng Pagbabago in Vigan, Tolentino said strengthening the agricultural high schools in the countryside was the key in achieving rice and food sufficiency for the entire nation.
“Long term sa mga kabataan, ibalik natin ang mga agricultural high school. Palakasin natin yung enrollment ng UP Los Baños at iba’t-ibang agricultural schools,” he said.
Tolentino expressed concern about the more than 10 percent drop in the enrollment rate in schools that offered agricultural courses such as the University of the Philippines-Los Baños.
The former mayor of Tagaytay City warned that the lack of interest of the present generation when it comes to farming might lead to a nationwide food shortage unless they will be enlightened when it comes to agricultural matters.
He added that the sense of corporate farming should be revived and the country’s top 100 companies should help the present generation of farmers.