DOH “Show Mo, Bakuran Mo” Best Gulayan sa Bakuran contest grand prize winner, Carlito Lopez poses with DOH – Ilocos officials led by Assistant Regional Director Rodolfo Antonio M. Albornoz in his vegetable and fruit garden located in Brgy Tomana West, Rosales, Pangasinan.
The Department of Health (DOH) – Ilocos Region has chosen the town of Rosales in Pangasinan to showcase and implement the “Show Mo, Bakuran Mo”, an online search for the ‘Best Gulayan sa Bakuran’, one of the people-centered campaigns under the Community Health Promotion Playbook for the month of October which focuses on Mental Health Awareness.
A total of 33 out of 37 barangays participated in the online contest and submitted their entries showcasing their gardens with various vegetables and fruit-bearing trees planted.
Assistant Regional Director Rodolfo M. Albornoz, who officially announced the winner of the contest, during the awarding ceremony yesterday held at the RBE Memorial Stadium, encouraged all participants to continue with what they had started in their community. “Napakahalaga po ang pagkakaroon ng gulayan at mga punong-kahoy na namumunga sa ating sariling bakuran para sa ating kalusugan. Isa pa, nakatutulong ang mga ito sa paglinis ng hangin sa ating kapaligiran na dahilan upang mabawasan ang pagkakaroon ng mga sakit gaya ng hypertension.”
“Most of you may not even realize that you are working out every time you tend your garden. Ang ginagawa nating garden routines araw-araw, gaya ng pagtatagnggal ng mga damo, pagdidilig, pagtatanim, paglilinis at harvesting ay nakakatanggal ng stress at tayo ay narerelax lalo na kung nakikita nating malago at malulusog ang ating mga tanim at maraming bunga ang mga puno,” Albornozexpounded.
The objective of the “Show Mo, Bakuran Mo” contest, is to raise awareness of the benefits of gardening to mental health and to encourage households to plant consumable vegetables and fruit-bearing trees in their own front or backyard.
Carlito Lopez, from Brgy Tomana West, bagged the first prize with P10,000 cash with the most variety of plants in his garden including eggplant, tomato, ampalaya, kamote, sili, patola, malunggay, alugbati, bagbagkong and samsamping. His garden also contained fruit-bearing trees like avocado, guyabano, atis, mulberry, and magic fruit or calabash. His entry was also given a special award as the “most loved” garden with P2,000 cash garnering 4,000 votes online.
The second prize went to Marissa Ferrer of Brgy Calanutan with a P7,000 cash award; the third prize to Jun Goce also of Brgy. Calanutan with P5,000; and fourth prize to Michelle Ordanza of Brgy Camangaan with P3,000 in cash.
A P2,000 cash prize for the ‘most liked’ entry was awarded to Roselyn Manaois of Zone 3.
Non winners were given consolation prizes of P1,000 cash each.
Regional Director Paula Paz M. Sydiongco extended her congratulations to all the winners and sincere gratitude to the local government of Rosales, Pangasinan for supporting and implementing the activity.
“Nagpapasalamat po kami sa Rosales LGU, sa pangunguna ni Mayor William S. Cezar, sa mga barangay officials at sa mga lumahok sa kampanyang ito.
We are hoping that you will continue this worthy endeavor and encourage others to do the same by planting vegetables and fruit-bearing trees which greatly benefit their health and well-being,” she concluded.