TUBLAY town in Benguet is positioning itself as an agri-ecotourism destination.
The municipal government is working with the ILove Foundation, academe and a private technology provider in developing the town as an agricultural, economic and tourism destination.
Butch Mendoza, technical consultant, said they have been providing services to the town since January this year.
"Eight barangays of Tublay will soon be part of the program. For now we were able to touch three barangays namely Ambongdolan, Tuel and Tublay Central. If Tublay would be very successful this could echo to other neighboring areas of the town," Mendoza said.
In 2018, out of the 128 applications from the 40 different areas in the country, the University of the Cordilleras (UC) Project HELEN entry for the Quest for Love Project in partnership with Tublay was chosen as one of the eight finalists.
The selection was done based on the organizational leadership, organizational track record, socio-economic impact and community empowerment.
In Barangay Tublay Central, a solar powered g-bio agriculture greenhouse was established, including farm inputs, seedlings and runners provided by a private company tapped by former Environment Secretary Gina Lopez.
Aside from the support to organic farming, a green landscape entitled “ILove garden” in Barangay Ambungdolan is being developed that can serve as venue for weddings and other events.
The Tublay municipal government provides the manpower while the private company teaches farmers how to market their produce.
Tublay’s development is patterned after the strategy used in Mindanao known as “from warlands to farmlands".
"The program was simple, making income for the community. This is a corporate social responsibility. I am happy to brought by technology to SVTOP, we already knew the technology, we already applied it in North Cotabato," Mendoza said.
At present the 12 ft. high solar powered greenhouse is located within a common area at the municipal composting area in a land provided by the local government unit.
Earlier, Tublay Mayor Armando Lauro said despite the town being a fifth class municipality, the LGU is taking the opportunity to develop potential agri-ecoutourism sites to create new revenue streams for the communities. (Lauren Alimondo)