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By: Eleanor Valeros | Published Friday, May 08, 2020
Chona Mondejar Pilapil of Daanbantayan, one of the participants of the SUGBUsog Program, used rice sacks and withered coconut palms to hold the plants in their containerized garden. (Photo courtesy of Chona Pilapil)

Entries to the “SUGBUsog Program” of the Cebu Provincial Government reached 8,993. Of this, 4,515 are from the third district.

Participants flooded the Facebook page of “SUGBUsog (Sugbuanong Busog, Luwas ug Himsog) Program” with posts documenting their initial efforts to cultivate what space they have for gardening and the desire to be productive and self-sufficient while under enhanced community quarantine.

Radio and print media personality Jose “Pepe” Sollano of Carmen submitted a video clip of his participation to the contest in Backyard Gardening for the Household Category.

“Misanong ta sa hagit ni Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia nga mananom og lagutmon pinaagi sa backyard gardening,” Sollano said in his video blog where he proceeded to loosen up the soil of his 13-square-meter garden.

Rosendo Cabalan of Minglanilla, also of the Household Category, wrote on his Facebook wall: “Ready nang mga seedlings. Ako nani humulan unya ang ubang seeds. #ECQ Gardening.”

Photographs showed free seeds distributed by the Provincial Agriculturist’s Office and the trellis he made for vegetables like cucumber and bitter gourd.

Jan Marian Amaba of Alcoy showed how they made good use of family time in tilling the soil and preparing the vegetable plots.

Garcia, in her livestream report over “Sugbo News” last May 7, lauded the effort of these netizens who joined the contest. 

She also mentioned the innovative ways of Chona Mondejar Pilapil of Daanbantayan, Vissuello Rebojo of Mandaue City, Michael Vincent Marzado of Toledo City, Jonathan Manalili of the City of Naga; and Ronillo Riconalla of Talisay City who opted for containerized gardening in the Household Category.

The participants in the containerized gardening used recyclable containers such as ice cream tubs, gallons of condiments, rice sack, used tires, and even discarded rain boots and withered coconut palms to hold the plant.

“Hastang  mga guba nga butas gigamit aron mahimong katamnan. Mao na’y creativity. Ang uban moingon asa man na namo itanom nga wa man mi yuta? Tan-awa. Ang butas naay yuta. Lupig mo, wa mo’y yuta pero ang butas naa’y yuta,” the governor addressed viewers of the live feed.

“Nya kini si Chona migamit og palwa (coconut palm). Giakob niya ang tulo ka palwa aron maka-hold og tanom. Kon mangita bitaw ka’g paagi, naa gyud ka’y mahimo,” Garcia added.

Entries in backyard gardening reached 6,114 and 2,164 in containerized gardening for the Household Category, while in the Purok Category there are 581 entries in backyard gardening and 134 in containerized gardening, bringing the total entries to 8,993 from the seven districts of the Province.

Distribution of seeds is already complete in the first, second, sixth and seventh districts.But while the program is also a contest, Garcia would rather disclose the exact prize amount later. 

“Hunahuna-a sa ninyo nga ang premyo sa inyong paningkamot ang inyong maani nga abot. Kay kon mosulti gud ko’g pilay premyo basin nya nuon og mubo ra unya. So paningkamot pa mo, inspire me nga ako nang pun-an,” Garcia said. (Eleanor Valeros)