TESDA opens farm schools in Benguet.

LA TRINIDAD Benguet, June 16 (PIA) - - The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) opened its scholarship program to farming communities with the Organic Farming NC II now being offered at three Department of Agriculture- accredited farms in the province.

 

TESDA – Cordillera Regional Director Francisco Jucar Jr. and Baguio – Benguet Provincial Director Angela Gabriel led the official launching of the farm school at the Lily of the Valley Farm in Sitio Ampasit,  barangay Puguis here last Thursday(June 15).

Aside from Lily of the Valley Farm owned by Jefferson Laruan, the Cosmic Farm of Rogel Marsan in Beckel, La Trinidad and the Master’s Garden in Longlong, La Trinidad  under Ambrosio Acosta, all known organic farming experts, will host the first batch of 50  scholars who will  train for  29 days.

Gabriel disclosed that under the Farm School program, TESDA aims to help ensure that there will be young blood that will continue to push for the country’s farming industry by providing access to technical – vocation education and skills training.

The farm school is TESDA’s response to President Rodrigo Duterte’s policy of rural development and ensuring food security, she added.

Gabriel also disclosed that TESDA’s  initial allotment for the Farm School Program is P7 million  with P2M allotted for the province of Benguet.

The scholarship covers  P10,000 training cost, P800 entrepreneurship fee and P500 for the NCII assessment fee.( JDP/CCD/J. Dar – PIA CAR/UC Intern)

 

Benguet Destinations

Strawberry Farm

La Trinidad is know to be the “Strawberry Capital of the Philippines” because of the strawberry fields. Visitors can experience strawberry picking and also taste different products made from strawberry like the strawberry ice cream and strawberry “taho”.

Asin Hot Springs

Located at the outskirts of the city of Baguio, this attraction gives it’s visitors the chance to indulge in serious relaxation. Asin Hot Springs has been knwon to do wonders for the mind, body and soul because of the spring’s natural minerals like sulfates, calcium and chloride.

BenCab Museum

The BenCab museum, located at KM 6. Asin Road, houses the permanent collection of Philippine National Artist Benedicto Cabrera (BenCab) in several galleries, as well as venues for art shows and exhibitions. The Philippine Contemporary Art Galleries highlight the artist’s collection of paintings, drawings, prints and sculpture. The smaller exhibition rooms contain other collections accumulated by BenCab through the years.

Bell Church

The home to beautiful landscaped gardens and intricately designed arches and buildings adorned with flags, bells and dragons. Bell church holds some artifacts about Buddhism and literatures about the history of China.

Mt. Pulag

Mt. Pulag is the highest peak in Luzon and the third highest in the Philippines which is 2,922 meters above sea level. The view from the top of Mt. Pulag never fails to amaze its climbers.

Kabayan Mummies

Also know as the Fire Mummies of the Philippines, the Kabayan Mummies are from the Ibaloi tribe of Benguet. This have been included in the 100 Most Endangered Sites in the World by a non-profit organization that focuses on the preservation of important historical monuments and sites.

Ambuclao Dam

The Ambuclao dam is popularly known as the biggest rock filled dam in the Far East and is considered as one of the major projects in Luzon that feeds electricity to the grid lines of Luzon.

Rose Gardens

Rose lovers will surely be pleased with Rose Gardens. A famous tourist attraction located in La Trinidad. Here, you will find a large variety of roses, chrysanthemums and other ornamental plants.

Mt. Ugo

This is considered to be one of the major destinations in the Cordilleras. It is the highest mountain located in Tinongdan, Itogon via the Benguet-Vizcayay boundary that boasts of stunning views of neighboring mountains and the great Luzon valley.

Kalugong View Point

A trek to Mount Kalugong is something that adventure seekers and nature lovers woudn't miss. The Kalugong View Point will give you a breathtaking experience and a panoramic view of the La Trinidad Valley and ther villages.
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