Preparation full swings for Agri-fair this month

The Office of the Provincial Agriculturist (OPA) is in thick preparations to ensure the successful
conduct of Sandugo Agri-fair 2022 slated on July 18-20, 2022 at the Old Tagbilaran City Airport.

The 3-day fair beaming the theme “Ang Tinubdan sa Pagkaon atong Ampingan aron ang Pag-
asenso Makuptan” is an annual activity of the Provincial Government of Bohol (PGBh) to add savor of
the month-long celebration of Bohol Sandugo Festival every month of July.

Usually, the celebration has been participated by more than 20 municipalities and it is expected
to have more participants in this new blend of leadership in the provincial government under the
leadership of Gov. Aris Aumentado and Vice Gov. Dionisio Victor Balite.

In view of this, a preparatory meeting has been called tomorrow to be attended by the Agri-fair
Technical Working Group (TWG), Municipal Agriculturists/Municipal Agricultural Officers and
representatives from agri-related government agencies to finalize the preparation and encourage active
participation.

As of the presstime, there are already seven municipalities have manifested their intention to
participate the fair.

The fair is a perfect venue to showcase the agricultural products from the Boholano
fisherfolks/farmers that would create market between them and the possible traders or buyers.

There are contests with big prizes at stake that have been conducted such as: Pinaka (the
biggest agri-products/commodities), booth contest, Martin Nievera Voice Alike Singing and She’s Gone
Challenge Singing Contests, Tango Dance, Tiktok Challenge (Paro Paro G) Contest (Male/Female Senior
Citizen Category), Motorcade and Bangus Deboning Contests.

Provincial Agriculturist Liza M. Quirog and Assistant Provincial Agriculturist Larry M. Pamugas
have already directed the different working committees just created to do their shared duties and
responsibilities to ensure the successful conduct of Sandugo Agri-fair 2022.

The fair also aims to recognize and reward the sweats and toils among Boholano
fisherfolks/farmers in the quest of making Bohol food abundance and far from hunger place to live in.
By Atoy Cosap

Kasadya Christmas Bazaar early gift for farmers, MSMEs

The Provincial Government of Bohol (PGBh) has given the farmers, Micro Small Medium Enterprises
(MMES), repa victims and youth an earlier Christmas gift when they can sell their products at the
Kasadya Christmas Bazaar located at the Old Tagbilaran City Airport for free from any rental starting last
Thursday.
After the ribbon cutting during the soft opening of the Kasadya Christmas Bazaar last Thursday
afternoon, Gov. Art C. Yap in his message emphasized that the opening of the Bohol Showcase Center at
the CPG Park last November 4, 2021 and the Kasadya Christmas Bazaar 2021 are in line with the plans
and programs of the provincial government geared towards agriculture.
Gov. Yap said that the program aims to give additional income of the agriculture sector, youth,
MSMEs and the victims of the Ponzi Scam by selling their owned products at the display areas direct
from their farms that would eventually create market linkages between the farmers and the buyers that
would also benefit the buying public to buy cheaper prices compared than those at the wet market.
The governor clarified that the Bohol Showcase Center is purposely designed for processed products
made in Bohol which are something unique to include the Bugnay and Rice Wines, ice cream,
handicrafts, personal accessories among others; while at the Old City Airport would be exclusively for
agricultural products in the long run.
He explained that as of now since we still have limited processed products to be displayed at the
Showcase Center, other agricultural products have been allowed but properly arranged at the designated
area.
Yap encouraged the mayors to display at the Showcase Center if they have their owned products in
their respective places that need to be showcased.
He said that the activity at the Old Tagbilaran City Airport would continue until early next year
connecting the Ubi Festival activities.
Yap said that he was elated on the outcome of the one month Ubi Festival last January this year
wherein the total sales had reached to P13M exceeded the expected target of P8M such amount would go
directly to the pockets of the farmers and fisherfolks that would largely help their livelihood.
He urged the Boholanos to continue supporting his administration so as more programs and
developments to happen in this agricultural province of Bohol. (Atoy Cosap)

SOFT OPENING. Bohol Gov. Art C. Yap leads the soft opening of the Kasadya Christmas Bazaar 2021 last Thursday
at the Old Tagbilaran City Airport of which the activity would continue until early next year connecting the Ubi Festival
activities.

Bohol Showcase Center opened

The Boholano farmers, fisherfolks, processors, and plantitos/plantitas have already a modern facility
for them to sell their agri-fishery products, processed foods and plants at the cheaper prices compared
than those at the public markets.
This developed after the Bohol Showcase Center was constructed by the Provincial Government of
Bohol (PGBh) at the CPG Park, fronting Bohol Wisdom School, CPG North Avenue, Cogon, Tagbilaran
City and was being blessed and formally opened last Thursday as one of the highlights in the
commemoration of the 125 th birthday of Bohol’s most illustration son Pres. Carlos P. Garcia.
Rev. Fr. Lito Geangan officiated the blessing after the ribbon led by Gov. Art C. Yap and Vice Gov.
Rene Relampagos together with the Sangguniang Panlalawigan members, Provincial Agriculturist Liza
M. Quirog, Assistant Provincial Agriculturist Larry M. Pamugas, Maria Fe M. Dominise and other
department heads.
In his message, Gov. Yap expressed elation to see Boholano farmers, fisherfolks, processors among
others displaying and selling their products of which the sales would go directly to their owned pockets.
Yap emphasized that the purpose of constructing the center is to help them in selling their products in
addition to their income.
He added that this is also helping the consumers or buying public to buy cheaper prices.
Yap said the Provincial Government of Bohol (PGBh) did not ask any taxes from the exhibitors at the
showcase center.
The more than 50 exhibitors who have been displaying and selling their agri-fishery products,
handicrafts, processed products, kakanin or favourite Boholano delicacies, among others expressed thanks
and gratitude to the provincial government who have been helping them to earn especially in this time of
pandemic as a way also of encouraging the Boholano farmers and fisherfolks to become more industrious
knowing there is a sure market of their products.
Witnessing the blessing and opening of the Bohol Showcase Center who flanked with Gov. Yap were
Vice Gov. Relampagos, Board Members Aldner Damalerio, Victor Balite, Frans Garcia-Devenosa, Jade
Bautista, Lucille Lagunay; Atty. Abel Damalerio from the Office of Congressman Edgar M. Chatto,
Tagbilaran City Councilor Ondoy Borja who represented City Mayor John Geesnell L. Yap; Police
Colonel(PCol.) Osmundo Salibo, PLt. Col. Mary Cristal Peralta, Jerome Gonzales of DILG, Ret. PCol.
Sancho Bernales, Philippine Coast Guard Personnel and members of the Provincial Management
Executive Board. (Atoy Cosap)

BLESSING AND OPENING OF SHOWCASE CENTER. Rev. Fr. Lito Geangan blesses the newly constructed Bohol
Showcase Center at the CPG Park fronting the Bohol Wisdom School, CPG North Avenue, Cogon, Tagbilaran City

last Thursday as Gov. Art C. Yap leads the activity to highlight the commemoration of 125 th birth anniversary of
Bohol’s illustrious son President Carlos P. Garcia.

Sandugo Agri-Food Fair 2021 set in July

Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, the Provincial Government of Bohol (PGBh) through the Office of the
Provincial Agriculturist (OPA) has been preparing for the conduct of SandugoAgri-Food Fair 2021 in the province
to highlight the month-long celebration of the Sandugo Festival this coming July if the COVID-19 pandemic will
subside.
The SandugoAgri-Food Fair is an annual undertaking spearheaded by the PGBh through the OPA, other
stakeholders both national and local agencies, non-government organizations including the private sectors.
As tentatively set, this year’s event will be conducted at the old city airport.
The fair is a major marketing promotional activity that highlights the agri-fishery display of fresh, organic,
agricultural and processed products. It is an appropriate venue for farmer-beneficiaries and local producers to test
the marketability of their products.
Rosanna G. Lamdagan, Head-Agribusiness Division, OPA said that the fair aims to sustain the employment and
income augmentation goals through the creativity of the economic cluster by way of linking them with traders and
exporters and other institutional buyers as well.
Lamdagan added that the PGBh wants to intensify its efforts to promote integrate and encourage marketing
schemes of the farmers produce in support to agri-tourism of the province, to showcase Boholano agri-fishery based
products and services, an opportunity for market research activities, to upgrade farm technologies of the farmer to
become wise entrepreneurs, and exhibit agri-fishery products to establish marketing partners.
The fair exhibitors coming from the different Municipal Local Government Units (MLGUs) will be given a
designated area and will be provided booths, tables and tents to display and promote their agri-fishery products.
The MLGU concern will assist farmers in bringing their products to the venue by providing them vehicles during
the ingress and egress periods.
The designated areas are strategic for information, sales, market linkages and other promotional outlets including
techno updates.
The OPA has proposed a budget of P350,000 for the three days fair to be used for the prizes of different contests,
catering services, tokens for the judges, honorarium for performers, among others.
The proposed contest categories for the fair are the same with the previous SandugoAgri-Food Fair such as best
booth, pinaka agri-products, literary musical contests, among others.
The administration of Gov. Art C. Yap and Vice Governor Rene L. Relampagos has been aggressive to find
ways and means of helping the agri-fishery sector especially this time of crisis that halted the livelihood of many
Boholanos. (Atoy Cosap)

“Tabo sa Bohol” continues

The Agri-Fishery Retail Terminal Tabo in some municipalities and in the Old Tagbilaran City Airport continue to be conducted to help the consuming public to buy agri-fishery products at the lower prices compared to the malls and wet markets in this time of crisis brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Rosanna G. Lamdagan, Chief-Agribusiness Division, OPA said that there are three towns in Bohol wherein the Tabo have been conducted on the following days namely: Dauis on every Sunday and Wednesday; Albur (every Tuesday); Moadto Strip, Modalla Resort, Doljo, Panglao (every Saturday and Sunday).

Lamdagan bared that of all the mobile markets, the  Tabo in Albur has registered the highest sales which has an average of P280, 000 per day and the lowest is at the Old City Airport which has an average of P20,000 per day only; while Dauis has an average sales of P250,000/day and P100, 000/day at Moadto Strip.

The exhibitors now at the Old City Airport were the exhibitors before the tabo at the CPG Park fronting Bohol Wisdom School, CPG North Avenue, Cogon District, Tagbilaran City but transferred to their new location after they were affected by the construction of the Showcase Center and Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) First Engineering District drainage project.

Lamdagan said that the PGBh has already drawn a measure to ease the dismal condition of the exhibitors at the old airport by allowing them to sell their products at the basketball court beside the CPG Park every Monday and Friday when the COVID-19 cases will subside. (with report from Atoy Cosap)

Ubi Festival ’21 culminates on Thurs.

The month-long celebration of the Ubi Festival 2021 in the New Norm which was started last January
25, 2021 will culminate on Thursday at the Old City Airport, Tagbilaran City.
Gov. Art C. Yap in the province of Bohol will lead other provincial officials to recognize and give
awards to the winners in the different contests and to deliver messages during closing and awarding
ceremony.
Gov. Yap will be accompanied by Vice Gov. Rene L. Relampagos, Rep. Edgar M. Chatto, provincial
board members, Provincial Administrator Atty. Kathyrin Pioquinto, Provincial Agriculturist Liza M.
Quirog, Assistant Provincial Agriculturist Larry M. Pamugas and Josephine Cabarrus to handover the
prizes to the winners of the Bugno sa Rondalla, Ubi Balitaw, Del Horest and Sarah Geronimo voices
alike, Ubi cook-off, motorcade, pinaka, cooked Ubi eating, tabirak eating, highest volume of Ubi display,
most outstanding Ubi grower, most cooperative LGU, highest gross sales of Art Tabo sa Bohol and
highest gross sales exhibitors of Ubi Festival.
It maybe recalled that during the opening program, Yap underscored the Boholano Ubi growers of
expanding and sustaining the Ubi industry in Bohol.
Yap emphasized that the provincial government has always supporting the farmers through the
Sangguniang Panlalawigan led by Vice Gov. Relampagos by allocating appropriate funds for the
agriculture sector.
He likewise encouraged the farmers to produce more by titling more Ubi areas as he acknowledged the
good harvest and high yield this season.
Esmeraldo Maligsa, president-Bohol Ubi Growers Association (BUGA) thanked the provincial
government of Bohol for making the Ubi Festival into a month-long celebration.
Maligsa said that this is a great opportunity given to the Boholano farmers for them to have good sales
and big profit considering the longer period of selling.
He said that the Ubi growers have high yield this harvest season and this is evident of more Ubi tubers
have been displayed at the venue.
The BUGA president said that the 150 strong members of the association are united to support the
agricultural program of Gov. Art C. Yap especially in the Ubi industry.
At the Ubi Festival, not only the Ubi tubers of different varieties are being sold but also other agri-
commodities such as: cassava, gabi, banana, sweet potato, apale, vegetables, fruits, eggs, dried fish,
favourite Boholano delicacies among others.
There are also nightly activities that entertain the people while eating at the Food Fair.
The venue has been decorated with plantitos/ plantitas making the surrounding green and fresh.
The Ubi Festival 2021 in the New Norm has been participated by 18 known municipalities namely:
Baclayon, Cortes, Dauis, Panglao, Sikatuna, Tagbilaran City, Carmen, Pilar, Loon, San Miguel, Dimiao,
Jagna, San Isiddro, Balilihan, Sevilla, Loay, Anda, Valencia and two farmers associations to wit: BUGA
and Cabudlan Farmers Association in Cabudlan, Ubay.
The festival has been institutionalized through an ordinance that aims to recognize and awards the
Boholano farmers who have engaged in Ubi farming.

OPERATION SUSPENDED

The operation of the Ubi Fest has been temporarily suspended since last Friday due to strong wind
brought about by tropical storm “Auring”.
Assistant Provincial Agriculturist Larry M. Pamugas said that about six tents at the venue were
destroyed due to strong wind.
Howevwer, he said that probably tomorrow the operation resumes if the weather would be good up to
Wednesday which is the culmination day.(Atoy Cosap)

UBI FESTIVAL CULMINATION. The Ubi Festival 2021 in the New Norm at the Old City
Airport, Tagbilaran City will culminate on Thursday. The month-long celebration was
started last January 25, 2021 and will culminate on February 25, 2021 showcasing not
only the different varieties of Ubi but also other agricultural products at the Old City
Airport, Tagbilaran City as the Bohol Ubi Growers Association (BUGA) through its
president Esmeraldo Maligsa (left photo) thanks the provincial government for the
constant support given to them in the quest to flourish the Ubi industry in Bohol.

Month-long Ubi Fest ‘21 enters 7th day today

The month-long celebration of the Ubi Festival in the New Norm is on its seventh day today at the
Old City Airport, Tagbilaran City.
Gov. Art C. Yap formally opened the activities last Monday that would culminate on February 24,
2021.
At the opening program, Gov. Yap underscored the efforts of the Boholano Ubi growers of expanding
and sustaining the Ubi industry in Bohol.
Gov. Yap encouraged the farmers to produce more by tilling more Ubi areas as he acknowledged the
good harvest and high yield this season.
He said more production could be achieved if the Ubi growers would want to do the same way the
Advanced Rice Technology (ART) 160 (Hybrid Rice) and ART 120 (Inbred Rice) programs of the
provincial government.
Yap stressed that at first, the Boholano rice farmers believed that achieving the target of 160 sacks of
palay yield per hectare for hybrid rice and 120 sacks of palay yield/ hectare for inbred were remote and
impossible.
But he said during this harvest season, the barangay San Isidro in Talibon has registered a significant
record when there were farmers surpassed the targeted yield from 160 sacks per hectare for hybrid to 220
sacks while the targeted 120 sacks per hectare for inbred to 140 sacks.
The governor expressed high hope that the Ubi industry in Bohol will flourish.
However, he explained that reaching the height of this endeavor would be based on the strong
determination of the Boholano farmers.
Board Member Aldner Damalerio in lieu of First District Congressman Edgar M. Chatto, Miss
Universe Philippines 3 rd Runner-up Pauline C. Amelinckx, Ambassador for Tourism and Roman Dabalos,
Head-PATCO-Bohol delivered their messages of support as Board Member Ricky Masamayor
represented Vice Governor Rene L. Relampagos to give the message.
City Mayor John Geesnell “Baba” Yap in his welcome message also lauded the efforts of the
Boholano farmers who have been engaged in Ubi farming.
Aside from selling Ubi products and agri-commodities, the first week of the celebration was
highlighted with contests. Winners were: Bugno sa Rondalla – 1 st prize (San Isidro), 2 nd (Panglao), and 3 rd
(Sikatuna); Ubi Balitaw – 1 st prize (Reymart T. Paderog/Shiena Jane C. Arais-BUGA), 2 nd (Christian
Kient Lacea/Anna Ricci Gomez-Sikatuna), 3 rd (Aida A. Rejas/ Jay Rennan M. Mijares-Carmen).
Del Horest Voice Alike – 1 st (Lito Hangad – Balilihan), 2 nd (Raul Arbotante – Panglao), and 3 rd (Rico
Casul – Carmen); Sarah Geronimo Voice Alike – 1 st (Sarah Jane Lugo – Loon), 2 nd (Algie Olayon – Anda)
and 3 rd (Ma. Alyn Sayson – Carmen).
Motorcade winners – 1 st prize (Tagbilaran City), 2 nd (Panglao), and 3 rd (Loon); Pinaka of Different Ubi
Varieties – Kinampay (Arnulfo Calag – Baclayon), Binanag, Tam-isan and Kabus-ok (Allan Madronero –
Dimiao), Iniling (Nicolas Cabusao – Carmen), Baligonhon (Jacky Gonzales – San Miguel) and Binato/
Binugas (Esmeraldo Maligsa – Bohol Ubi Growers Association(BUGA)).
Highest Volume of Ubi Display winners – 1 st (Dauis – 1,902.65 kilograms), 2 nd (Jagna – 1,899.11
kgs.), 3 rd (Carmen – 1,842.60); Cooked Ubi Eating Contest – Arnulfo Calag (Baclayon) – male category,
Rosalia Gascar (Carmen) – female category; and for the Tabirak Eating Contest – Robie Sapid (Balilihan)
– male category, Jennifer Aranzado (Dauis) – female category.
There are 19 Ubi known towns participating the Ubi Festival ’21 in the New Norm. These are the
towns of Anda, Carmen, San Isidro, Jagna, Loon, Tagbilaran City, Cortes, Balilihan, Sikatuna, Baclayon,
Dauis,Panglao, Duero, Loay, Valencia, Sevilla, San Miguel and Pilar. Participating associations are the Bohol Ubi
Growers Association (BUGA) and Cabudlan Farmer’s Association in Ubay town.
Assistant Provincial Agriculture Larry M. Pamugas emphasized that the conduct of the month-long
celebration of Ubi Festival in the New Norm has strictly followed the basic health protocols to avoid the
possible spread of corona virus.

FESTIVAL OPENING. Gov. Art C. Yap (left photo) delivers his inspirational message during the opening
program of the 21 st Ubi Festival in the New Norm at the Old City Airport, Tagbilaran City last Monday of which
he underscores the efforts of the Ubi growers in Bohol in expanding and sustaining the Ubi industry in the
province.

Dimiao Ubi grower bags most of PinakaUbitilts

The Ubi grower from the town of Dimiao bagged most of the Pinaka contest of different Ubi varieties as one of
the several contests highlighted the month-long celebration of Ubi Festival 2021 in the New Norm at the Old City
Airport, Tagbilaran City.
Allan T. Madronero from Malijao, Dimiao won three of the seven varieties. These were Tam-isanwhich weighed
20.8 kilograms (kgs.); Kabus-ok, 9.8kgs.; and Binanag, 8.8 kgs.
As each variety has a prize of P5,000, Madronero would receive P15, 000 during the awarding and closing
ceremony of the festival on February 24, 2021 at the Old City Airport.
Other winners of the contest were ArnulfoCalag from Baclayon for his biggest UbiKinampay weighing 10.8
kgs., EsmeraldoMaligsa from Corella – Binugas(7.2 kgs.), Jacky Gonzales from San Miguel – Baligonhon (17.2
kgs.), and Nicolas Cabusao of Carmen – Iniling (6.8 kgs.).
The Pinaka contest of the different varieties of Ubi in Bohol gave the real meaning of the celebration as Bohol is
known for Ubi especially the UbiKinampay which is more aromatic compared to other provinces.
Rosanna G. Lamdagan, Head, Agri-Business Division, Office of the Provincial Agriculturist(OPA) said that
conducting different contests with big prizes at stake will encourage Boholano farmers to engage Ubi farming.
Other contests being conducted were Most Outstanding Ubi growers, Highest Volume of Ubi Display,
UbiBalitaw, Del Horest and Sarah Geronimo voices alike, cooked Ubi Eating, Tabirak Eating, Motorcade and
BugnosaRondalla contests.
In the opening program last January 25, 2021, Gov. Art C. Yap underscored the efforts of the Ubi growers in
expanding and sustaining the Ubi industry in Bohol.
The governor keeps urging growers to till more areas for Ubi to produce more tubers.
Bohol Ubi Growers Association (BUGA) President EsmeraldoMaligsa said that association records show the
number of farmers engaged in Ubi farming is increasing.
Maligsa stressed that they have more yield of Ubi this harvest season as evident by the increase in Ubi tubers
displayed at the festival.
He thanked the provincial government for the Ubidispersal program of which they had given more than 11,000
kgs. ofUbi planting materials last planting season. (AtoyCosap)

BIGGEST UBI TUBERS. Allan Madronero (right photo) from Malijao, Dimiao bags most of the PinakaUbi
contest in different varieties in the Ubi Festival 2021 in the New Norm on going at the Old City Airport,
Tagbilaran City as one of the highlights of the month-long celebration.

2nd Day Ubi Festival in the New Norm

The second day of the Ubi Festival 2021 in the New Norm showcasing the different varieties of Ubi in Bohol especially the “Kinampay” and other agri-commodities at the Old City Airport in Tagbilaran City had full of so many activities.As early as 8:00 in the morning, the buyers trooped at the festival to buy Ubi products and other agri-commodities, plants from the plantitos/plantitas and favorite Boholano delicacies that would end at 8:30 pm.After lunch, there were different contests being conducted to highlight the celebration such Ubi Balitaw, Del Horest and Sarah Geronimo Voices Alike, Cooked Ubi Eating, Tabirak Eating and Pinaka Contest that would really give happiness to the exhibitors, buyers, and all the people inside the venue.At 6:00 in the evening, the people inside the Old City Airport were entertained by the different bands while eating at the food fair.The month-long celebration will end on February 24, 2021 wherein the awarding and closing program will be conducted of which the winners of all the contests will be given their prizes.#Ubifestival2021#InTheNewNorm

Ubi Festival Opening Program

The Provincial Government of Bohol (PGBh) through Gov. Art C. Yap and other provincial offices has formally started yesterday, January 25, 2021 the Ubi Festival 2021 in the New Norm at the Old City Airport, Tagbilaran City.The month-long festival which carries the theme “Pagpananum ug Ubi Napuslan, Kagutom nga Dala sa COVID-19 Nabatukan” showcasing the Ubi Kinampay and other varieties will culminate on February 24, 2021.The colorful motorcade from the 21 participating municipalities and other exhibitors added the opening program more meaningful.Gov. Yap on this inspiration message underscored the efforts of the Boholano Ubi growers who have helped the provincial government to expand and sustain the Ubi industry in Bohol.The governor urged the buyers, sellers and all the people who troop at the festival to strictly follow the basic health protocols.Board Member Aldner Damalerio in Lieu of Congressman Edgar M. Chatto, and Board Member Ricky U. Masamayor who represented Vice Governor Rene Relampagos, and PATCO – Head Roman Dabalos in messages of support assured the Ubi growers to give the necessary support for their endeavor towards Ubi industry.On the second day (Tuesday), the Ubi Festibal has being highlighted with different contests such as; Cooked Ubi Eating, Tabirak Eating, Del Horest & Sarah Geronimo Voice Alike and Ubi Balitaw.Aside from usual selling of Ubi products and other agri-products, the daily activities up to February 24, 2021 include; Techno-Fora, Nightly Entertainment, Food Fair, Arnis Demo, Cycling, among others.#ubifestival2021#inTheNewNorm