By Calvin D. Cordova

CEBU CITY— The Cebu provincial government has come up with a competition that will help Cebuanos cope with boredom, and become more productive while the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) is in effect.

Led by Cebu governor Gwendolyn Garcia, the province organized a vegetable gardening competition dubbed as “SugBusog: Sugboanon na Busog, Luwas gyud unya himsog pa.”

Garcia said the competition was timely since most people are being restricted to their homes as part of the ECQ meant to prevent the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

“We are forced to stay in our homes. So to make us more productive and fight boredom, let us plant vegetables,” said Garcia.

Provincial agriculturist Roldan Sagarena said the competition will be divided into two categories.

“We will have the containerized gardening for those who don’t have enough space and the backyard gardening,” said Sagarena.

Sagarena said participants will be provided with seeds and seedlings through their municipal and city agriculturists.

Participants may plant short-maturing vegetables or those that can be harvested within at least 20 days such as pechay, lettuce, spring onion, upland kangkong and tomato

For backyard gardening, hot pepper, okra, eggplant, string beans seeds are already available for distribution, said Sagarena.

“With this competition, we have something to look forward to for food consumption and this will serve as a family bonding since this will encourage every capable family member to get involved,” Sagarena said.

The criteria for judging and the prizes for the winners will be announced soon.

Garcia said the competition is supported by the board members of the seven districts in Cebu.

“Instead of spending so much time in social media, creating fictitious accounts to bash the government, plant some vegetables because that way, we have something to harvest in the future,” Garcia said.