Cebu taps schools for ‘SugBusog’ farming-for-food program

The provincial government of Cebu has expanded its food security program to now include all public elementary and high school campuses.

Governor Gwendolyn Garcia led the launch of “SugBusog sa Eskuwelahan Program,” tapping the schools in promoting backyard gardening to combat hunger amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

Garcia said the program is an off-shoot of the main initiative that encourages backyard gardening in households at the height of the health crisis last year.

To promote productivity, she said all schools will compete with each other for the school district-level recognition as best backyard garden, and the winner will then compete in the legislative district-level and provincial awards.

The over-all winner gets an infrastructure project to be funded by the provincial government.

The Department of Agriculture will provide the seeds, native chicken, organic fertilizers and farming tools to be distributed to the schools.

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