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Herbal plants, vegetables grow in Sugbusog nurseries in Camotes 
By: Mylen Manto | Published Wednesday, February 17, 2021
Nurseries in Barangays Consuelo, Northern Poblacion, and Daan Secante in Camotes Islands are growing various kinds of medicinal plants and vegetables. (Junjie Mendoza)

As Cebu Province gears towards adopting traditional and alternatives in health management, three Sugbusog nurseries in Camotes Islands are growing different kinds of medicinal plants.

Governor Gwendolyn Garcia was in awe with the many herbal plants in the nurseries of Barangays Consuelo and Northern Poblacion in San Francisco town, and in Daan Secante in Tudela she visited last February 12-13.

There is ginseng, lagundi, luy-a, duwaw, insulin plant, mayana, salimbangon, mansanitas, labana, law-at, syapo, pandansina, and calabash-miracle fruit, among many others. 

These plants are used to treat a variety of illnesses such as cough and colds, fever, diarrhea, high blood pressure, kidney problems, and diabetes. 

Learning from the current pandemic, Garcia is determined to bring back traditional medicines and alternative healthcare in the Province.

The Capitol is even set to tie up with the Philippine Institute of Traditional and Alternative Health Care (PITAHC) for the training of barangay health workers (BHWs).

Aside from the medicinal plants, the nurseries also boasted of various vegetables, native chickens, and a fishpond.

Earlier, the governor downloaded funds to the local government units (LGU) including barangays to put up nurseries for Sugbusog, the Capitol’s vegetable gardening program.

The nursery in Barangay Consuelo takes on the theme of Sugbusog Shipping Lines conceptualized based on the island’s Consuelo port. 

“Ship ni siya tungod kay among gikuha kung unsa’y naa sa barangay nga makita nato asa ni-income ang barangay. So, among gitukma ang concept diin si Gov ang nagtimun sa among barko. Siya ang naghatag og kadasig nga mabuo ni namo,” Consuelo Barangay Captain Liesel Yuson said.

She thanked Garcia for the Sugbusog program which helped her and her constituents provide food to their families at the height of the pandemic when they lost their livelihoods.

“Dako kaayo ang kaayohan ang gidala ni Gov dinhi sa among barangay aning programa sa Sugbusog. Labi na jud sa panahon sa pandemya ang mga tawo walay trabaho. So karon nakat-on ang tanan sa pagpananom diin aron makahatag og pagkaon. Dako among pasalamat namo ni Gov kining Sugbusog program,” she said.

In Barangay Northern Poblacion, Garcia, with 5th District Representative Duke Frasco, harvested upland kangkong and pechay. 

Barangay Captain Ruel Fabroa said all vegetables in their nursery are for free. 

He said they will be giving seedlings to their constituents to encourage them to plant.

The governor expressed delight in seeing the healthy and bounty harvest of the nurseries. 

“Makapabayaw sa kasing-kasing sa tukmang kalipay nga magtan-aw niining inyong paningkamot. Mao gyud na ang makalipay naku. Maningkamot gyud ta kay nasayod ko ang Sugbuanon labi na taga Northern Poblacion maningkamot gyud, kugihan gyud,” she said.

Additional seedlings were given to the barangays for their respective nurseries. (Mylen Manto)