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LONG-TERM SOLUTION UP FOR VEGETABLE SURPLUS 
By: Mylen Manto | Published Thursday, July 30, 2020
The Cebu Provincial Government, Department of Agriculture, and Municipality of Dalaguete will discuss a long-term solution for the oversupply of cabbage in southern Cebu. (Photo from Dalaguete LGU)

A clear, systematic program must be made to address the oversupply of cabbage in Cebu Province which has been happening every year.

Governor Gwendolyn Garcia said this during her virtual presser on Wednesday, July 29, adding that the Cebu Provincial Government, together with the Department of Agriculture (DA) and the Municipality of Dalaguete, will have to sit down and discuss plans to address the matter.

“But eventually we will have to plan together with DA Regional Director Salvador Diputado together with our provincial agriculturist and the Municipality of Dalaguete. We will have to plan how to address this so that when harvest times come dili kay nanubra ang supply,” she said.

Upon learning about the Dalaguete farmers’ dilemma on how to dispose their excess cabbage which went viral on social media, Garcia immediately told Mayor Jeffrey Belciña that the Capitol will buy the extra cabbage.

“When this broke out, I called Mayor Jeffrey Belciña sa Dalaguete. According to him, ang excess nila muabot usahay og five tons a day. So, niingon ko the Provincial Government will come in. Ipahatod na tanan sa atong Bagsakan Center diri sa Cebu South Bus Terminal,” she said.

The 35 tons of cabbage were distributed to the Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center (CPDRC), provincial and district hospitals, isolation centers, Bureau of Jail and Management Penology (BJMP) detention facilities, Cebu City Jail, Cebu City Police Office (CCPO), Visayas Command in Lapu-Lapu City, Armed Forces of the Philippines Central Command in Camp Lapu-lapu, Cebu City, Police Regional Office 7 Camp Sergio Osmeña, Sisters of Mary Girls Town in Talisay City, Archdiocese of Cebu, and Carmelites Monastery, among others.  

Archbishop Jose Palma expressed his gratitude upon receiving 100 kilos of cabbage from the Capitol. The cabbage were then distributed to their seminaries.

“We decided nga ato nalang ni ipang-distribute by way of assistance lang pud niining mga institutions kay daghan man pud ang maka-benepisyo niiini,” Garcia said, adding that cabbage can also help boost the immune system of the Cebuanos.

The Capitol bought the supply of cabbage at P8 per kilo. 

“Tag P8 nalang gud ron ang kilo sa repolyo. Luoy kaayo ang farmers, pero mao gyud nay mahitabo munaog ang presyo, worst manglata unta to wa pa nato to palita tanan,” Garcia said.

She shared that DA 7 bought one ton of cabbage which were distributed to its employees.

Another eight tons of cabbage also arrived at the Bagsakan Center on July 29 which will be distributed to Capitol employees.

Garcia admitted Capitol’s current intervention is a short-term solution, thus the need to come up with a methodical program to avoid a repeat of such problem. 

She said the problem happens every year because of simultaneous plantings.

“Magdungan man gud tanan og tanom og repolyo kay gi-apas ang tag-ulan, ang season. Unya magdungan sad tanan og harvest. Usually, every year naa gyud nay excess, munaog ang presyo but na-worsen karon kay mas nanaog ang demand,” the governor explained.

Garcia said the decrease in demand can be attributed to the Covid-19 pandemic which left restaurants operating at 50 percent capacity, or worse, closed. Hotels also have no guests for four months now. (Mylen Manto)