Gov. Edgar Chatto and KOPIA Director Woongoo Ha lead ribbon cutting rites to open the 19th Ubi Festival this afternoon at the Bohol Agricultural Promotions Center (APC) Grounds.
The governor said growing the sacred crop ubi is part of great plan to boost Bohol economy and lower poverty.
Bohol’s development framework has agriculture, tourism, and information technology as its pillars of growth.
Food sufficiency is a nice problem because it will encourage business for farmers which will bring growth to our economy, said the governor.
According to Agriculture Office OIC Dr. Larry Pamugas, ubi harvest grew from 400,000 kilos last year to 600,000 kilos this year.
Themed “Ubi, Dungog sa Bohol Padayong Amomahon ug Palamboon Sa Mga Mag-Uuma’ng Bol-anon”, the Ubi Festival runs until January 31.
Executive Assistant Tatay Billy Tongco represented Cong. Rene Relampagos while Board Member Abel Damalerio represented Cong. Art Yap.
Alvin Alcuzar welcomed guests on behalf of Tagbilaran City Mayor Baba Yap.
Mutya ng Pilipinas Global Beauty Queen Pauline Amelinckx also graced the opening of this year’s festival.