Even before the declaration of contest winners, all 8,000 SUGBUsog participants are already victorious in growing their own vegetables in their own backyard.
SUGBUsog or Sugbuanong Busog, Luwas ug Himsog is a vegetable gardening contest initiated by Governor Gwendolyn Garcia for Cebuanos to be productive while staying at home when Cebu Province was placed under enhanced community quarantine (ECQ).
The Cebu Provincial Government, through the Provincial Agriculture Office, provided free seeds to the participants in all categories across the Province.
To encourage creativity and competitiveness, best gardens in households and puroks for backyard and containerized categories are selected for municipal, district, and provincial levels.
After almost four months, Garcia awarded the program’s district and municipal level winners starting in the 7th district on Tuesday, August 25, in Dumanjug town together with Provincial Board Members Christopher Baricuatro and Jericko Rubio, and the mayors of Dumanjug, Ginatilan, Ronda, Alcantara, and Moalboal.
"Mao kadto nahimugso ang programa sa SUGBUsog. Aron sa pagpahinumdum sa matag usa kanato nga kon kita magkugi, adunay itanum, kanang atong gitudling, kanang atong gitisuk nga liso pinaagi sa gahum sa kahitas-an kana makaangkon og kinabuhi," the governor said.
She added that the program was created to give hope to the Cebuanos amidst the pandemic.
Florentina Ducay, 62 years old from Barangay Liong in Dumanjug landed the top spot in the household backyard category in all competition levels - municipal, district, and provincial - taking home a total of P18,000 cash prize and a plaque.
Ducay expressed her enormous gratitude to the governor as the program gave them fresh vegetables for her family’s consumption and more, allowing her to sell and give to her neighbors.
She named her garden as "Koral sa Kinabuhi" because the vegetables helped them boost their immune system to fight Covid-19 and all other diseases.
Garcia shared that the Capitol will be allocating P500,000 to the Province’s component cities and towns to initiate their SUGBUsog program and another P500,000 to put up nurseries for the propagation of lemonsito seedlings, dulaw (turmeric), and others to help boost the immune system.
Aside from that, P50,000 will also be allocated to barangays for the implementation of the SUGBUsog program in their sitios and another P50,000 to put up nurseries.
Dumanjug Mayor Efren Gica thanked Garcia for all her help to the Cebuanos and for implementing SUGBUsog, the governor’s brainchild program, which is a great help to the people of Dumanjug.
He committed to allocate a budget for the implementation of SUGBUsog program in their town next year.
"Gov. Gwen daghan kaayo nga salamat. Amo kining sundon, butangan ni namo og budget sa sunod tuig," he said.
Baricuatro also congratulated Garcia for creating the SUGBUsog program.
He said all participants are already winners because they had big savings from food expenses as they got fresh and clean vegetables for free.
Baricuatro called on SUGBUsog winners and participants to encourage their neighbors to plant vegetables as well.
Municipal winners for household backyard category include Franklin Licayan of Barangay Salamanca, Ginatilan; Leomar Manalo of Barangay Valencia (1st), Joel Alas-as of Valencia (2nd), and Jessie Mejares of Poblacion (3rd) in Alegria; Francis Elardo of Barangay Taytay (1st), Rowena Taboada of Malhiao (2nd), and Abegail Cabanit of Bugas (3rd) in Badian; Jessyl Niño Cabaran of Barangay Tunga (1st), Carolina Temblar of Saavedra (2nd), and Niño Domingo of Tuble (3rd) in Moalboal.
Also winners for the same category are Alcantara’s Marilyn Lastimosa of Cabil-isan (1st), Maria Nicy Matilos of Candabong (2nd), and Domingo Pahayac, Jr., of Mangga (3rd); Ronda’s Ivan Omboy of Langin (1st), Aquino Alconera of Malalay (2nd), and Cirilo Zosas of Langin (3rd); and Dumanjug’s Ducay (1st), Lilibeth Alvior (2nd) and Roelito Misal (3rd) of Barangay Tubod-dugoan.
For the household containerized category, municipal winners are Ginatilan’s Margie Verano (1st) and Gerlie Verano (2nd) of Barangay Cagsing as well as Ignacio Ondoy of San Roque (3rd); Flordeliza Ferolino of Badian; and Moalboal’s Victoria Cantila (1st), Josephine Calago (2nd), and Marichu Gabato (3rd) all from Poblacion East.
For purok backyard category, Taytay Hillyland Farmers Association of Barangay Taytay in Badian and Purok San Lorenzo in Moalboal won.
Dunggoan Atob Fisherfolk Association of Barangay Poblacion, Badian was the only winner for the purok containerized category.
Meanwhile, the district winners for the household backyard category are Ducay of Dumanjug (1st), Ivan Omboy of Ronda (2nd), and Francisco Elardo of Badian (3rd).
Josephine Calago of Moalboal won for the purok containerized category while Purok San Lorenzo of Poblacion East, Moalboal was declared winner for the purok backyard category.
All winners took home cash prizes and plaques.
For household backyard and containerized in the municipal level, the first prize is P3,000; second P2,000; and third P1,000.
For the purok backyard and containerized category, the first prize winner received P5,000; P3,000 for the second; and P2,000 for the third.
Meanwhile, district level household backyard and containerized category winners got P5,000 for first prize; P4,000 for second; and P3,000 for the third.
For the purok backyard and containerized category in the district level, the first prize winner received P8,000; P6,000 for the second; and P5,000 for the third.
In the provincial level, household backyard and containerized category winners received P10,000 for the first place; P8,000 for the second; and P6,000 for the third.
For the purok backyard and containerized category, the first prize winner received P20,000; P15,000 for the second; and P10,000 for the third.
The governor also gave a plaque of appreciation to the District 7 evaluators namely: 7th District PB members Baricuatro and Jerome Christian Librando, DA-RFO 7 representative Helen Kyniston, Senior Agriculturist of Provincial Agriculture Office Joseph dela Cerna, and Agriculturist technologist of Provincial Agriculture Office Jheric Anne Gevera.
Garcia is set to travel to other districts in the Province for the awarding of SUGBUsog winners until the rest of the week. (Mylen Manto)