La Trinidad mulls creation of coffee development council

IN SUPPORT to the creation of the Philippine Coffee Council, La Trinidad is eying to establish a Coffee Development Council.

Councilor Arthur Shontogan with co-authors Roderick Awingan and Henry Kipas, said the ordinance hopes to look at the bigger picture of creating an avenue to expand the socio-economic, tourism and the coffee industry of Benguet’s capital town.

“With the signing of the national law, attention is now on the potential of the coffee industry in the country to grow exponentially,” said Shontogan.

Awingan added coffee remains as one of La Trinidad’s top product, particularly Arabica.

“One of the strong programs of the municipality is the coffee production and propagation even before the presence of national laws and guidelines” Awingan added.

The council is seen to provide direction and support on the coffee industry, coordinate with concerned agencies for coffee development projects and promotions, identify programs and projects for sustainable development, advocate and monitor implemented programs and provide a system in tapping local and foreign funds for the local coffee industry.

A technical working group will also be created alongside the council to assist, support, recommend, oversea preparations, monitor and evaluate programs and create a data base of information on the Coffee Development Council.

If passed, this will be the first local coffee council in the country in support of the national laws and guidelines set forth by the government.

The Department of Trade and Industry has identified coffee to be the second most traded commodity next to oil and classifies it as a priority commodity under the Philippine Rural Development Project. (Shaura Elaine Cuyan, UC Intern/SunStar Baguio)
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