Inspired by the successful implementation in local government units (LGUs) down to purok and household levels, the Cebu Provincial Government’s SUGBUsog (Sugbuanong Busog, Luwas ug Himsog) program will now be replicated in schools.
On Thursday, April 8, 2021, the Cebu Provincial Government launched the SUGBUsog sa Eskuylahan - Estudyanteng Busog, Luwas ug Himsog program.
The Sugbusog program was conceptualized and first implemented at the height of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic last year to address food insufficiency.
“With a sense of hope and a sense of purpose, we launch today the SUGBUsog sa Eskuylahan- Estudyanteng Busog, Luwas, ug Himsog,” Garcia said.
“Let us give our people this sense of hope that something is being done, that the Provincial Government will continue to work and find ways to improve the lives of the Cebuanos,”
“And a sense of purpose, with the SUGBUsog, the SUGBOnegosyo, the ECD (Enhanced Countryside Development), the Suroy-suroy Tour Packages, over here in this one great Province of Cebu, we are showing the rest of the country how to move on and how to move forward,” she added.
The Governor also said that the SUGBUsog sa Eskuylahan is the biggest undertaking between the Province of Cebu and the Department of Education (DepEd) 7, with the help of the Department of Agriculture (DA) 7 and the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) 7.
During the launching, a memorandum of understanding was signed by the officials of the different agencies involved in the program.
The MOU states that Capitol will act as the lead implementor by formulating guidelines and a criterion for the realization of the program that may include: (a) the distribution of vegetable seeds and other agricultural inputs to the participating schools; (b) evaluation of participating schools; and (c) provision of technical assistance to participating schools.
For its part, DepEd will ensure the cooperation of the different schools within the Province of Cebu to participate in the program while providing assistance to participating schools pertinent to the implementation of the project.
DA will provide assorted vegetable seeds to be used in the program while DOST will help with the necessary technical trainings needed in the processing and value-adding of agricultural products that will be harvested by the schools, as well as the necessary technology and other innovative solutions that will lead to higher productivity and better quality of life.
Sugbusog program was conceptualized on April last year when the whole country was placed on lockdown. Governor Garcia asked Provincial Agriculturist Dr. Roldan Saragena to come up with a program that would take the people’s mind away from the despair brought about by the restrictions on mobility and the fear of not knowing what would happen.
“Kung mokugi sa pagpananum, naa gyuy maani. To give them a sense of purpose, mubangon pagkasunod buntag, excited nga makakita – ‘namunga naba kaha ang akong paliya? ang akong string beans? pwede naba kaha tong mapupo?’ ” she said.
This also eased the people’s boredom while they stayed at home, and gave those who lost their livelihoods an opportunity to earn.
The governor decided to turn this into a a vegetable gardening contest. The overall winner was a tricycle driver from Mandaue City.
“Tungod lagi kay pandemya wala na siya nakapadagan sa iyang tricycle, wa nay kita. Ug tungod kay nananum siya naluwas ang pagkaon sa iyang mga anak ug naka pamaligya pa siya,” Garcia said.
The SUGBUsog sa Eskuylahan is also a contest among the public and elementary high schools in the Province. The participants will be guided by the municipal or city agriculturist all throughout the program.
As a prize, Capitol will give an insfrastructure project to the overall winner, among others.
"Unsay premyo? atong huna hunaon. Apan ang premyo gyud niana is the honor of being the best school and the best district. But certainly, we will also be able to give you infrastruture projects that you may need as prizes for your efforts," Garcia told the DepEd officials during her speech.
SUGBUsog sa Eskuylahan was molded after Governor Garcia learned that teachers in Daan Secante, Tudela in Camotes Group of Islands helped in the research of medicinal plants.
During the launching, DepEd 7 Director Salustiano Jimenez expressed his commitment to support the program, saying it is “the answer to the call of times in several aspects.”
Vice Gov. Hilario Davide III said that the SUGBUsog was already a laudable program and by extending it to schools, it would teach students to plant and appreciate eating fresh and nutritious vegetables.
DA 7 Executive Director, Atty. Salvador Diputado said this program in schools could help ignite the interest in farming among the youth.
"Ang atong pagtabang sa lalawigan sa Sugbo not only because we are committed to the Sugbusog program but because of the underlying principle nga nagkinahanglan gyud ta'g dugang pa'ng pagtabang kay kung imong tan-awon karon, dyutay nalang kaayo ang mga mag-uuma," Diputado said.
"Kini nga Sugbusog program sa eskuylahan, nindot kaayo na kay atong i-revisit ang atong pag-inculcate sa mga values sa mga bata dili lang sa pagtanom kung dili apil ang paghigugma sa pagtanom. Usbon nato ang pag-tan-aw sa mga batan-on, ang farming duna'y kwarta, duna'y negosyo," he added.
Diputado said their office will pour millions for the procurement of seeds and equipment and to provide logistics to back the endeavor of the Provincial Government in its vision and mission to move on and move forward. (Mylen P. Manto)