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Poultry, aquaponics in SUGBUsog’s next phase 
By: Eleanor Valeros | Published Friday, November 13, 2020
The next round of SUGBUsog will include native chicken production and aquaponics which includes raising fish and other aquatic animals together with soil-less growing of vegetables. (File Photo from SUGBUsog Facebook Page)

The second round of “SUGBUsog (Sugbuanong Busog, Luwas ug Himsog)” is expected to be “meaty and eggs abound” as it will include the production of free-range native chicken.

A functional aquaponics system will also be featured, said Provincial Agriculturist’s Office chief Dr. Roldan Saragena.

This was presented by the Agriculture Office during the Provincial Development Council meeting Wednesday, November 11 at the Capitol Social Hall attended by mayors of Province of Cebu, government agencies, and presided by Governor Gwendolyn Garcia.

“Giapil na nato ang native chicken production as source of meat and eggs sa atong mga household. Ang aquaponics duna’y fish production nya duna’y vegetable production. So ato nang hatagan og additional points kay duna pa ka’y isda, duna pa gyud ka’y utanon ma-produce at the same time,” Saragena explained.

Aquaponics combines growing fish and other aquatic animals and hydroponics which is soil-less growing of vegetables.

SUGBUsog is a vegetable gardening program of the Cebu Provincial Government which aims to inspire households to be productive while promoting health regimen and strengthening family bonding. 

Saragena said that additional awards will be given out to the Best Barangay implementer and Best Local Government Unit (LGU) implementer.

For the second round of SUGBUsog, the Capitol has downloaded P1 million to the LGU level (city/municipal) - P500,000 is for the establishment or management of a plant nursery while the other P500,000 is for the purchase of assorted vegetable seeds to be distributed to the households.

Another P100,000 was also downloaded to the barangay level wherein half of the amount is for the establishment or management of a plant nursery while the other half is for the purchase of assorted vegetable seeds to be distributed to the sub-communities or puroks.

“Actually, duna ta’y suggested vegetable seeds nga i-purchase, 15 ka klase. Unya ang mga farmer mo-choose og lima ka klase depende sa ilang preference,” Saragena added.

To recall, the first round of the SUGBUsog program was launched successfully last April 16, 2020. The distribution of assorted vegetable seeds to 7,917 contestants from all categories (backyard and household) took place from April 29 to May 15, 2020.

Participants started to sow and plant their seeds by May while the evaluation of quality of harvests lasted from June 1 to August 7, 2020. 

Garcia went around the different districts in the Province for the awarding of winners from August 24 to 28.

Sugbo Negosyo update

Meanwhile, Cebu Province mayors learned during the PDC meeting that around 17,000 micro-entrepreneurs applied for the Sugbo Negosyo program.

Sugbo Negosyo is a microenterprise assistance program of Capitol aimed to promote “sustainable upliftment and growth through business opportunities.”

Evaluation stage is ongoing. Awarding of recipients is set on Christmas time.

Garcia shared her utmost desire for the program to succeed as this is intended to help Cebuano entrepreneurs greatly affected by the pandemic.

“This is really aimed at helping. Motabang ta kay kahibawo ta nga dagha’y naglisud ron. Pero dili kwarta atong ihatag kay lisud pag-monitor kon mao ba gyuy gigastohan. Atong ihatag kay coupons with identified suppliers, and this is the tricky part. We have been meeting about this, kanang matching sa qualified recipients to the suppliers,” she underscored.

She emphasized that the program is not giving a dole-out assistance as this aims to help entrepreneurs recover from the economic losses due to the pandemic. 

“This is not a dole-out, even though this is an assistance. We intend for this to succeed. Kung ato ning istoryahon bahin sa isda, dili ni parte lang og panghatag og kupon sa isda. Tudloan nato unsaon pagpangisda. I am seeking the cooperation of our mayors nga makatabang aning mga recipients sa inyong mga lungsod,” the governor expressed.

The program is implemented in partnership with the Department of Trade and Industry 7 for technical assistance and the Mandaue Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. for business coaching. (Eleanor Valeros)