The Province of Cebu will be requiring its towns and cities to institutionalize Sugbusog down to the sitios.
This was one of the highlights of the Message of Hope delivered by Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia during the 451st Charter Day Celebration of the Province of Cebu on Thursday, August 6 at the Capitol Social Hall.
Garcia said the Capitol will be downloading P100,000 to the Landbank savings account of all the 1,066 barangays in the Province as part of their seed capital in the implementation of the Sugbusog program.
Capitol launched the SugBusog: Sugbuanong Busog, Luwas ug Himsog last April to encourage people in the province to plant vegetables in their backyards or untilled lands to be productive while on quarantine.
It started as a vegetable gardening contest conceptualized by the Governor wherein the Provincial Agriculture's Office (PAO) provided free seeds and seedlings to the municipal or city agriculture's office. The vegetable seeds given are easy to grow in pots or backyards and can be harvested after a short period of time.
"And so we have seen the positive impact of encouraging people to plant vegetables sa tagsa-tagsa nila ka panimalay. Sa pagkakaron, niani na ang kadaghanan. Di na kinahanglan mopalit pa og utanon. And as you know we have been encouraging a healthy lifestyle which starts with a healthy diet," the governor said.
Garcia said by end of August, the Capitol will be awarding the winners of the gardening contest for the household and purok categories.
For the past two weeks, members of the Provincial Board went around their respective districts to evaluate the winners of each LGUs and choose the district winners. The winners were also categorized based on backyard and containerized level.
Health support funds
In her speech, the governor reiterated the Capitol's stance in promoting health and wellness and boosting the immune system of her constituents. As the province and the entire country is still facing the pandemic, the Capitol will continue this thrust.
Garcia disclosed that the Province will be giving a total of P2.5 million to all LGUs as support to its existing health programs.
The Province will release P500,000 for the setting up of nurseries for the propagation and eventual distribution of calamansi seedlings, turmeric and ginger for each LGU.
“Alang kini usab sa pagtabang nga atong katawhan adunay sakto nga Vitamin C ug usab mabenipisyohan sa anti-inflammation qualities of turmeric or of the salabat or ginger (tea)," the governor said.
Each town and city will also get P1 million for the purchase of Vitamins C with Zinc, Vitamin A and Vit. B-complex.
She, however, specified that the purchase of these vitamins "shall be subject to guidelines by the Provincial Health Office and the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office and subject also to price ceilings."
Another P500,000 will also be released to the LGUs for the purchase of air purifiers, ionizers and the Ultraviolet Sterilising lamps which will be distributed in all public offices, municipal or city halls and barangay health stations.
"So magdungan niini ang LGU ug ang barangay alang sa pagpasiugda ug pag-engganyo sa atong mga kaigsoonan nga Sugbuanon sa pagpananom," the governor said.
"What is the message of this? The message is the only way we can fight this pandemic is first of all to boost your immune system. Boost it with what you take in to your body, Vit. C, anti-inflammatories, a healthy lifestyle, a healthy diet with vegetables. But on the other hand, gamiton ta ang teknolohiya alang sa paghatag og dugang nga proteksyon pinaagi sa mga air purifiers ug UV sterilising lamps. Together with age-old remedies hand-in-hand with science and technology, modern day equipment, we hope that we can continue to survive and prevail this Covid-19 challenge," the governor said. (Vanessa L. Almeda)