LA TRINIDAD, Benguet -- Tagged as the fruit basket of the province, officials of the municipality of Sablan passed an ordinance to institutionalize and showcase their produce with the holding of a yearly Fruit Festival.
Authored by Councilor Hilson Busoy, Municipal Ordinance No. 16-01, which institutionalizes the holding of the annual Fruit Festival, was favorably reviewed by the Provincial Board in its recent session. The first Fruit Festival was held last year.
As provided in the measure, the annual festival will be held September 2-4 of every year.
The town produces the most variety of fruits in the province such as banana, pineapple, guava, santol, guyabano, papaya, pomelo, avocado among others. It also produces other tropical fruits grown abundantly in the Davao Region like mangosteen, lanzones, rambutan and durian.
Officials want to sustain and further enrich their distinction as fruit basket which they claim could pave the way in drawing more tourists to the town.
The agri-tourism event is seen to trigger economic activities ultimately benefitting the local farmers and motivate them to produce and also an opportunity as livelihood for processors.
As a chain reaction, it will also encourage the planting and propagation of more fruit bearing trees.
Among the activities to be included in the festival are float parade, mini-market encounter, fruit processing competition, and poster making contest.
With the he Municipal Tourism Office and Agriculture Office as lead, the event will be allotted a regular budget. (Susan Aro/PIA-CAR)