Guv wishes for prosperity for Benguet-A A +A
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
LA TRINIDAD, Benguet -- Governor Nestor Fongwan is hoping for a richer province.
"There will come a time when people [here] will be much richer," Fongwan said during the opening of the annual Adivay festival.
Fongwan said economy of the province is hinged on the natural beauty and resources of each municipality.
Fongwan cited the economic gains La Trinidad, the town capital, had when promotion of its strawberry industry as well as its vegetable trading post facility went full throttle.
"This is the reason why the La Trinidad economy was triggered," he said.
“We want to have a repeat of this in other towns, so that people will be more abundant,” the governor added.
The governor enumerated the towns of the province which resources are abundant. “Kibungan with its mountain ranges and scenic attractions; Bakun with its mountain ranges; Kabayan with Mt Pulag and its caves; Bokod with its twin dams Amuklao and Binga; Itogon with its mining resources along with Mankayan; Atok and Buguias with its vegetable terraces and Kapangan and Tublay and Tuba with its caves,” Fongwan stressed.
He said promotional efforts for the entire province will now focus on the one of the emerging trends which is agricultural tourism.
Agri–tourism is a type of promotion which will highlight the province’s organic farming features as well as the good practices of highland farmers.
The aim of this kind of promotion is to educate as well as entertain visitors of how actual vegetables reach the dinner tables, showing how vegetables are planted, taken care of, harvested and then brought to the trading post to be sold.
“We will promote each place so that people will now we have these rich resources,” the governor ended.
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on November 06, 2013.