For 45-year-old Rynearson Donasco of Poro, Camotes, disability cannot stop him from cultivating and nurturing his vegetable plants. This led to bountiful results as he came victorious in the SUGBUsog Vegetable Gardening Contest in the fifth district.
Donasco, who now has a metal right leg after a motorcycle accident, landed at the third spot for the provincial household backyard category.
“Mag-atiman ko’s akong mga tanom magluhod. Lisud pero kaya ra,” he said, adding that his wife and children help him in taking care of their backyard garden.
Donasco shared that he focuses his time on his garden after losing his job in their municipal hall last May 2020.
He said Governor Gwendolyn Garcia’s SUGBUsog program sparked his interest in farming.
As a matter of fact, the cash prizes that he received will be used to improve his garden,which has now become his means of livelihood, aside from paying the tuition fee of his son, who is taking up aerospace engineering at the Indiana Aerospace University in Lapu-Lapu City.
“Ang uban para improve sa garden kay plano nako i-upgrade kay mas na challenge ko bisan pa man og nahuman na ang SUGBUsog, ipadayon ko ni,” Donasco said.
He shared that even with the difficulty of water supply, they managed to get water from a spring a kilometer away from their house to water their plants everyday.
Hard work pays, he said.
Garcia, together with 5th District Representative Vincent Franco “Duke” Frasco, 5th District Provincial Board Member Andrei Duterte, and Mayors Edgar Rama of Poro, Greman “Jojo” Solante of Tudela, Aly Arquillano of San Francisco, and Atty. Manuel “Winky” Santiago of Pilar gave the cash prizes and plaques to the winners Saturday, August 29.
Vice Mayor Boy Rama, municipal councilors and the barangay captains of Poro were also present during the event.
The Camotes group of islands was the last stop of the SUGBUsog awarding ceremony.
Less than a month after she visited the islands for the relaunching of its tourism industry, Garcia returned for the awarding of the SUGBUsog provincial, district, and municipal level winners
“Kining akong pagbalik karon alang sa pagpasidungog sa mga mananaog sa atong SugBusog program- Sugbuanong Busog, Luwas ug Himsog, nga atong gisugdan niadtong unang semana sa dihang wala pay kasiguruhan, wa pa ta masayod unsa ning matang sa atong kaaway, makahahadlok kaayo, maminaw kas telebisyon, mubasa kas pamantalaan, maminaw kas radio daw di nalang ta gusto mugawas sa kwarto,” she said.
Because many had lost their jobs, business establishments closed, and many overseas workers had returned to Cebu, the governor thought of a program that will give hope and food security to the Cebuanos.
“Mao tong gisugdan nato, nahunahunaan nato, gipahinumduman ang tibuok Sugbo, ang tanang Sugbuanon nga bililhon ang kinabuhi, maanindot gihapon ang kalibutan tungod kay anaa ang Diyos sa langit kanunay nga nagtan-aw kanato, mutabang kon kita magkugi,” she said.
“Nakahunahuna ta mananum na gani, tingali mao gyud ni inyong naagian, pagtisok ninyo sa liso excited kaayo, naa nay rason mubangon ta sa matag adlaw kay tubigan baya, niya pipila ka adlaw naay mutubo, nanggagwas ang dahon. Daw kada adlaw naay kausaban,” Garcia added.
Frasco, in his inspirational message, congratulated the winners of the fifth district because they received not only cash prizes and plaques but also good health from the fresh, clean, and organic vegetables they harvested.
He said eating vegetables will help Cebuanos boost their immune system and fight Covid-19 and other diseases.
Mayor Rama thanked the governor for a successful program amidst the pandemic. He said the program is not only a stress reliever but an income-generating endeavor as well, allowing participants to sell their produce.
“Kay kining programaha haom kaayo sa kining panahona, gawas nga it’s income generating, makahatag kini og insakto nga nutrisyon sa atong panglawas, makaluwas sa sakit ug makahatag og kaayuhan para sa tanan,” he said.
“Kining atong sitwasyon karon ubay-ubay ang nawad-an og income, kadtong mga displaced workers so mao ning panahona nga maghinay-hinay tag pananom. Daghang salamat gobernador sa imung programa ug manghinaot ko nga ato kining ipadayon,” Rama added.
Duterte, as one of the district evaluators, expressed how proud he was of the efforts and creativity of the participants in the fifth district.
Because of the positive outcome of the program, the governor will allocate P500,000 to all municipalities and component cities to initiate a SUGBUsog program down to the barangay level, and another P500,000 to put up or rehabilitate nurseries for the propagation of grafted lemonsito, turmeric, and others.
Another P100,000 will be allocated for each barangay in the Province to initiate the SUGBUsog program down to the purok level.
The Capitol will hold a contest for a SUGBUsog Vegetable Gardening Contest for the local government units (LGU) level.
“Unsa ka nindot ang maong programa, kay sayod ako imbis unta kanhi didto nalang gyud ta naghunahuna sa kahadlok nato niining Covid, tungod kay duna tay proyekto, duna tay gisugdan ang atong panghunahuna napalapdan og nibalik ang paglaum sa tagsa-tagsa nato ka kasing-kasing alang sa umaabot,” the governor said. (Mylen Manto)