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By: Mylen Manto | Published Friday, July 31, 2020
Gov. Gwen Garcia personally handed to Dalaguete Mayor Jeffrey Belciña the payment for the excess cabbage purchased by the Capitol. Each farmer will get a share of the payment. (Junjie Mendoza)

Around 300 Dalaguete farmers, who thought their excess cabbage will be gone to waste, will now share the P249,650 payment for the 35,000 kilos of cabbage purchased by the Cebu Provincial Government.

Governor Gwendolyn Garcia handed the check to Mayor Jeffrey Belciña during the re-opening of Cebu Province's tourism activities in Oslob town on Friday, July 31.

Belciña expressed his deepest gratitude to the governor for the continued support.

Earlier, the Capitol stepped in after the oversupply of cabbage in Barangay Mantalongon, Dalaguete went viral on social media. 

The governor then told Belciña to send the extra cabbage to the Bagsakan Center at the Cebu South Bus Terminal (CSBT), which were then distributed as assistance to different institutions, jail facilities, and Capitol employees, among others. 

“Lipay kaayo ang mga farmers kay duna nay mukuha sa ilang utanon. Nang harvest sad taman ang farmers kay ang uban pasagdahan man sa ilang mga farm kay kung ilang i-harvest maalkansi man,” the mayor said.

Belciña disclosed that the oversupply of cabbage can be attributed to farmers' simultaneous plantings, leading to an excess supply of around 10 to 15 tons of cabbage per day. 

“Sauna palang, panahon pa ni Mayor Cesante nga hatagan silag program ba nga unta kining barangaya, inyu pechay, kining barangaya cabbage, kining  barangaya carrots, beans, talong o ampalay. Unsaon mu-insister man kay magparehas sila kay kana ilang yuta maoy muangay kadaghanan repolyo,” he explained.

To address the excess supply, he sought the help of Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) 7 Assistant Secretary Asteria Caberte and the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) on how to preserve the cabbage and extend its shelf life.

On their end, Belciña said the municipality bartered 20 tons of cabbage into sacks of rice. 

Meanwhile, Dalaguete town will be re-opening their tourism activities within the month of August. For now, Belciña said they are finalizing the protocols to be implemented once their tourism industry resumes. 

At least P300,000 monthly income of the municipality's mountaineering activity was lost due to pandemic.

On Friday, July 31, Garcia led the official relaunch of Oslob town's whaleshark watching activity, "reigniting the tourism flames" of the Province as a health and wellness destination.

The Oslob event will be followed by the re-opening of tourism activities in Moalboal and Barili towns on August 1 and 2, respectively. (Mylen Manto)