LA TRINIDAD Vice Mayor Roderick Awigan assured the permanence of the old trading post at Kilometer 5, saying laws of the municipality will be amended.
Awingan said the amendments to the Trading Post Code will be made and presented to stakeholders for feedback and fine tuning.
The vice mayor is eying a two–month timetable to set the code into place and operate the trading post with the new set of guidelines aiming for order and profit for all.
Awingan added the business community center will rise inside the trading post with funding from the Department of Agriculture and will co-exist with operations of the present system of the area.
The center will feature products of the municipality like flowers, strawberries and vegetables, which will be for sale in retail.
Awingan said trading post amendments include allowing retail transactions.
As operations of the Benguet Agri-Pinoy Trading Center (BAPTC) continue, Awingan said the valley trading post will compliment it rather than compete and force businesses to transfer.
The vegetable industry of Benguet converging in La Trinidad paved the way for the opening of the BAPTC, a multimillion agricultural facility envisioned to be used by farmers and traders.
At present, Benguet still holds 80 percent of vegetable market inputs nationwide, with highland produce easily supplying the needs of lowland areas all year round with basic commodities like cabbage, carrots, potatoes and sayote.
These veggies comprise the majority of the volume being supplied by Cordillera to the key markets in the country.
There are at least 130 to 140 trucks that haul vegetables from the trading post.