THE Cebu Provincial Government is set to award the winners of the second round of its “Sugbuanong Busog, Luwas ug Himsog (Sugbusog)” program in May 2021.
The program, which aims to help families in the Province recover from the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic by becoming more self-sufficient through backyard gardening, is set to introduce new categories as a way to encourage other sectors to participate.
One of the new categories that the participating towns and cities in the Province can look forward to is the “Best Local Government Unit (LGU).”
Based on the information from the Capitol, the evaluation will be on March 22 to 26 for the barangay level, April 5 to 9 for the municipal level, April 12 to 16 for the district level and April 19 to 30 for the provincial level.
The contest is composed of several categories including “Best Household” and “Best Purok” for the barangay level; “Best Barangay” for the LGU and district levels; and “Grand Champion of the Household,” purok, barangay and LGU levels.
Dr. Roldan Saragena, head of the Provincial Agriculture Office, said participants who will raise native chicken and have an aquaponics system for fish will gain additional points.
The Capitol has downloaded at least P100,000 as funds for the LGUs and the barangays, while another P1 million has been set aside for cities and towns.
Half of the funds will be allocated for the improvement of the nurseries, while the other half will be used to implement programs.
During the mayors’ meeting last week, Cebu Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia emphasized that the government should come up with a system to make sure the contest is fair, especially among the small and large sectors.
“There are big barangays; there are also small ones. We should look into the population per barangay. We might come up with three categories—small, medium, large—to level the playing field. Small barangays will be competing with small barangays, big against big, to be fair. That also means more winners,” said Garcia.
“Sugbusog” is one of the programs launched by Garcia in April 2020 to help Cebu become self-sustaining and have enough food supply during the pandemic. (ANV / CBQ)