LT mayor told: Follow Strawberry fest ordinance

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Monday, January 20, 2014


LA TRINIDAD, Benguet – The local council is urging the chief executive to follow the ordinance passed last year to ensure a smooth celebration of Strawberry Festival in March.

A resolution by Councilor Roderick Awingan is requesting Mayor Edna Tabanda to refer and be guided by the provisions of La Trinidad Strawberry Festival Ordinance.

Awingan said the mayor has been conducting meetings with department heads and barangay captains for the past weeks but has yet to convene the executive committee of the festival itself, leaving the local council in the dark.

The local Sangguniang Bayan of La Trinidad passed in July last year Municipal Ordinance No. 5-2011 titled “Institutionalizing the Conduct of La Trinidad Strawberry Festival Every Month of March in the Municipality of La Trinidad, Benguet" otherwise known as the "La Trinidad Strawberry Festival"

Awingan said the ordinance provides all the necessary general guidelines for the implementation of the annual event.

The name of the festival has also been changed by the mayor to “Panaspulan” without the knowledge of the local council.

“Considering the time, resources and mobility which this Local Government limitly possesses there is an immediate need for the Local Chief Executive to implement Ordinance 5-2011, to provide all stakeholders appropriate guidance for its implementation,” Awingan said.

A year ago, Awingan authored and passed an ordinance making the annual festival an institutionalized event, detailing functions of each, ensuring its survival.

The festival is set to commence in March featuring top products of the 16 barangays of the town.

The town is known for its fresh berries, having booked a place on the Guinness World record for the largest strawberry cake in 2005. La Trinidad also has a thriving vegetable industry.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on January 20, 2014.

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