Stobosa development continues

DEVELOPMENT of sitio’s Stonehill, Botiwtiw, and Sadjap will continue.

La Trinidad Councilor Roderick Awingan in an ordinance is batting to institutionalize the promotion and development of “Stobosa (Stonehill, Botiwtiw, and Sadjap) Hillside Homes.”

The new law which passed its first reading aims to establish the Stobosa Hillside Homes Artwork Promotions and Development Board composed of the town’s tourism officer; the Council Committee Chair on Tourism, Special Events and External Affairs with the SB members, barangay Balili officials, academe, Department of Tourism (DOT) and non-government organizations.

The board will be tasked to implement programs on infrastructure support development, community-led attractions as well as the maintenance of the mural paintings.

Awingan said funding of the programs will be incorporated in the annual appropriation of the municipality with the support of DOT sector and the Mayor’s office.

During the public consultation, Awingan said there is a need to establish different programs, projects and activities for the hillside homes which has become a tourist attraction.

“As one of the latest tourist attraction and destination in the municipality when formally declared a tourist spot will be an opportunity for economic development not only for the residents within the area but to the municipality as well,” Awingan said.

The community suggested to have tourist guides for the safety of visitors and the identification of a Stobosa cooperative for a centralized management of the community artwork project; capability training for the community for local products to uplift tourism and income and livelihood; establishment of a photo booth; charging of an environmental fee; and construction of a public comfort room.

The imposition of a P10 environmental fee was also discussed as well as charges for the public comfort room.

Mayor Romeo Salda said a decision on the establishment of a parking area along the Stobosa highway is underway to cater to visitors.

The project was conceptualized by the DOT inspired by Brazil favelas during the term of Mayor Edna Tabanda.

The project involved painting of around 200 houses with an area of 18,000 square meters with DOT, Davies paints, Benguet Provincial Government, Tam–Awan Village artists under Chanum Foundation, institution volunteers, several non-government and government organizations and community residents united to finish the mural dubbed to be the largest in the country.

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