LA TRINIDAD, Benguet -- The resorts in the vegetable-producing town of Buguias in the province of Benguet are emerging destinations that lure local and foreign tourists alike.
Provincial Tourism Operations Officer Clarita Prudencio said their office is on the process of promoting the resorts in Buguias.
Tourists flock the resorts during its peak season from November to December with arrivals ranging from 600 to 700 every month.
Prudencio said after all the processes involved in extending assistance to the community through series of lectures such as barangay protective measures, visitor reception, security of belongingness, and organization of barangay tourism council, the barangay is now ready to manage such tourism programs and activities, she said.
These resorts, which are privately owned but are still under the supervision of the barangay, are located 16 kilometers from Buguias-Abatan road en route to Gurell-Bokod-Kabayan road.
Buguias Poblacion village chiefs Benjamin Palbusa said the resorts have hot springs along Asinan and Man-atong creeks.
In complementing the tourism destination, the barangay local government unit is also extending assistance through the ongoing construction of guest house which used to be the old municipal hall and a separate souvenir shop with funding sourced out from the Provincial Government.
The souvenir shop when completed will showcase the barangay’s indigenous product making use of kataynan, a local bead plant grown in the area which can be made into jewelries, novelty items, bags, purses.
Palbusa said the future plan is to develop an access going to Mt. Makmakyas and small Mt. Pulag passing through Capuyuan River which is ideal for trekking.
The town of Buguias is known for its highland vegetables that are marketed to Manila and other urban centers of the country. (Susan Aro)