MEMBERS of the La Trinidad Municipal Council has called on Benguet representative Ronald Cosalan to sponsor a bill in Congress banning construction within the remaining lands of Benguet State University (BSU).
In their proposed measure, the council sought the help of the legislator to initiate the filling of a bill in Congress for the passage of a law prohibiting the conversion of the remaining land owned by BSU adjacent to the Benguet Agri-Pinoy Complex.
Councilor Renato Tereng said the proposed law seeks to preserve and conserve the remaining paddies of BSU.
Tereng added land use remains the backbone of the municipality’s agricultural economy and as such, it provides many economic and social benefits and promotes ecotourism which can sustain in the development.
In the proposed measure, it states that over the years, the expansion of urban areas adjacent to the agricultural lots of BSU has led to considerable conversion of agricultural lands which is economically important land resource.
Non-conversion of these remaining land paddies is a way of sustaining the ecotourism promotion of the Municipality of La Trinidad being identified as the strawberry fields of the Philippines.
Published in the SunStar Baguio newspaper on September 14, 2017.
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