OH MY GULAY! AMBASSADOR
Celebrity Chef Robby Goco
“Good food is a right, not a privilege.” As the Director
for Research and Development and Managing Partner of Cyma Greek Taverna, Green Pastures, and Souv! by Cyma, Chef Robby is truly a staunch supporter of good, honest food. He is also a pioneer of using what is sustainable and local. He is as passionate as he is successful in his advocacy to support the local farmers and help the local industry progress.
“I know the love and care
that you put in vegetables
when you grow them.”
Oh My Gulay! History
OMG! Representative, Josie E. Paule; East–West Seed Foundation Corporate Secretary and Treasurer, Dr. Mary Ann P. Sayoc; Former Senator Edgardo J. Angara; DepEd Secretary Bro. Armin A. Luistro; Infant & Pediatric Nutrition Association of the Philippines Executive Director, Alex Castro; and GT Metro Foundation Inc. Assistant Executive Director, Irene Labitad.
In 2011, East-West Seed Philippines partnered with Oh My Gulay! (OMG!), a nutritional advocacy program led by Senator Edgardo J. Angara, to enlist the support of corporate foundations and other private sector groups in replicating the Tanim Sa Kinabukasan (TSK) school-based vegetable gardens in as many Department of Education (DepEd) schools as possible. With malnutrition being identified as a primary cause of poor performance in public elementary schools, DepEd mandated a supplementary feeding program for students called Gulayan sa Paaralan. OMG! is an initiative which complements the feeding program by providing the schools with a source of fresh vegetables. With funding support from selected corporate foundations, the joint cooperation between the DepEd, East-West Seed Foundation and OMG! reached out to more than 70 schools.
In addition to the establishment of vegetable gardens, the OMG! program also incorporated a comprehensive theoretical and practical training program designed for teachers and students to learn about modern vegetable farming technologies.