PCHS has developed 22 hectares of its land as a demonstration farm for the students and as a social enterprise to augment its financial needs. Aside from corn, the farm is planted mainly with adlay (Job’s tears), a low glycemic grain alternative to rice that has gained popularity among the health-conscious market in urban areas. The school has also tied up with Nestle Philippines for a coffee plantation. The partnership includes training of students, provision of coffee seedlings, and a ready market for the coffee beans. It is also exploring alliances with government institutions (Department of Science and Technology, Department of Agriculture, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority) to gain access to training programs, skills development and technological tools.
PCHS has recently signed a Memorandum of Agreement with Central Mindanao University College of Agriculture (a CHED Center of Excellence) in the development of the agricultural school, a 3-year plan. This will enable PCHS to realize its vision of becoming a premier agricultural high school. We thank Dr. Jesus Derije, CMU President, and the entire CMU Team for their support and for believing in our vision. Located in nearby Maramag City, CMU is the alma mater of many PCHS faculty members, primarily our Horticulture teaching staff. CMU as well as Xavier University College of Agriculture have been our resource providers for agriculture library books, curriculum content development, training materials for crop propagation, laboratory and technology inputs.
Our adlay farm has expanded in area thanks to the patronage of the Healthy Bucket online store, EchoStore, Mary the Queen Parish, and Kikaboni Organics. This agri-business has become a sustainable source of scholarship funds for children of needy families and indigenous peoples in Pangantucan. We are grateful to our TVL faculty and farm team, the Dept of Agriculture NOMIARC (Northern Mindanao Agriculture Research Center) for starter adlay seeds and fertilizers, and Hineleban Foundation for introductory agri-tech training. We also thank our benefactors who have donated farm machineries for grain milling and mechanical threshing.
Adlay or adlai (Coix lacryma-jobi or Job's tears) is a tall grain-bearing grass of the Poaceae family native to Southeast Asia including the Philippines. It thrives in the higher elevations of Bukidnon, Zamboanga, Quirino and other provinces. Considered a healthier and more nutritious alternative to white rice because of its lower gluten content, adlay is best paired with stews, soups, salads and more. Our adlay is available in retail packs and bulk quantities. Farm income benefits high school scholars in PCHS and college scholars of the Kapawa hu Paglaum program.
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