LA TRINIDAD, Benguet -- In a bid to get the support of the entire legislative team, Mayor Greg Abalos presided over the first executive–legislative meeting here.

Abalos presented to the local council his vision of development for the Valley in a presentation aimed to enjoin support from the august body, Tuesday last week.

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The mayor said massive development is up for the Valley which grown both in population and in needs over time.

Cooperation of the local council is vital in implementing the plans of the chief executive and a synergy is needed by both branches, Abalos said.

Abalos said the population of La Trinidad will balloon to 180,000 in 2020 with the 5.35 percent population growth rate it has had since 1980.

Abalos said the Baguio-La Trinidad-Sablan-Tuba-Tublay (Blist) concept of development should be put in place, working hand in hand with the city of Baguio and the town’s neighboring areas.

With traffic, peace and order, communal forests, population, criminality and mushrooming subdivisions in the valley will be addressed, he added.

He said sports development and infrastructure requirement in the town is also addressed with the Benguet State University (BSU) as partner.

“Most of the areas for the development are owned by the BSU, we have already talked to them and they are receptive,” he said.

Abalos said BSU president Rogelio Colting is keen on being partners in development and will be supporting the local government plans in the future. (Ma. Elena Catajan)