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Awarding of SUGBUsog Round 2 set on May 
By: Eleanor Valeros | Published Monday, January 18, 2021

Awarding of winners for the second round of the Cebu Provincial Government’s vegetable-growing program dubbed as “SUGBUsog (Sugbuanong Busog, Luwas ug Himsog),” will be on the first week of May 2021. 

The search has now opened the “Best Local Government Unit (LGU)” implementer as a new category.

According to Provincial Agriculturist Dr. Roldan Saragena, the evaluation is set on March 22 to 26 for the barangay level, April 5 to 9 for the municipal and city level, April 12 to 16 for the district level, and April 19 to 30 for the provincial level.

“Ang first-prize winners sa municipal and city level mao’y mo-compete sa district level nga evaluation,” Dr. Saragena said in his presentation during Governor Gwendolyn Garcia’s dialogue with Provincial Board (PB) members and mayors Friday, January 15.

The contest has the following categories: Best Household and Best Purok at the barangay level, Best Barangay in the LGU and district levels, a Grand Champion in the Household, Purok, Barangay and LGU levels; and the Best LGU in the entire province.

Saragena said that participants who will undertake the growing of free-range native chicken and the putting up of a functional aquaponics system that can propagate fish will gain additional points.

Governor Garcia is set to visit the plant nurseries by February along with PB members. She also invited Vice Governor Hilario Davide III to join them.

“Apil na niining barangay, municipal and city nurseries ang medicinal plants,” Saragena added.

Capitol has already downloaded funds to the LGUs worth P100,000 for barangays and P1 million for its component cities and towns. Half of the said amounts is for the development of nurseries while the other half is for the implementation of the program.

Garcia pointed out that Capitol is trying to work out a system to level the playing field among barangays.

“Naa’y mga barangay nga dagko. Naa say mga barangay gagmay kaayo, gagmay ra’g purok. Ato ning tan-awon ang inyong population per barangay. We might come up with three categories – small, medium, large. Para ma-level ang playing field,” she said.

“Small barangays will be competing with small barangays ug ang dagko sa parehas niya nga dagko, para fair. Buot ipasabot ana mas daghan ta’g premyohanan,” she quipped.

SUGBUsog, a food security program, was launched in April 2020 to encourage productivity while people were restricted to stay at home as a government response to the pandemic. 

Seeds were distributed free of charge to constituents through their municipal or city agriculturist. The program’s first grand winner as 42-year-old tricycle driver Jesus Cortes of Mandaue City.  

In Friday’s dialogue, the first for 2021, mayors received seedlings of jackfruit, cranberry, and Philippine lime (lemonsito) as well as turmeric powder. (Eleanor Valeros)