La Trinidad launches ‘Green Market’ program

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, Aug. 15 (PIA) - -  The local government here launched last week the  ‘Green Market’ program which helps reduce waste coming from the public market and other business establishments.


The ‘Green Market’ program is anchored on the ordinance regulating the use of plastics, styrofoam and other non-biodegradable materials and use of alternative materials.

Mayor Romeo Salda urged the cooperation of stakeholders to support the program in order to achieve the goal of reducing garbage waste.

The concept was an output of the members of the public market and the Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Office (MENRO) in a writeshop carried out by the Environment and Management Bureau  of the  Department of Environment and Natural Resources last July.

With the contribution of the public market and other business establishments in waste collection and the huge volume collected, Winston Felipe, president of the Public Market 2002 agreed that the implementation should start with the sector.

Although it may be difficult to undertake, Felipe said it will be done gradually and it will have a great impact.

Among the strategies in undertaking the program include employing a personnel to monitor the regulation of the use of ‘sando’ bag, presence of two to three trash bins within each stall, establishment of material recovery facility, imposition of penalty to violations, and adherence to prescribed containers in restaurants and wet markets.

MENRO head Arthur Pedro said their records show that the daily volume of wastes collected is equivalent to nine tons, the bulk of which is biodegradable.   For the recyclables collected, most are plastics and styrofor.

Plastic bags cannot be compacted and are filled up with water which is compounding the mound of garbage in the landfill unless shredded.  With so much wastes collected, the newly opened cell number 3 of the sanitary landfill in barangay Alno which has expected longer life span is now reduced and may be filled up until end of the year, Salda said.

Councilor Roderick Awingan, who authored the ordinance in 2015, urged the public to reduce their waste.   “In our own way reduce trash by reducing use of plastics,” he said. He encouraged business establishments make use of alternative bag containers such as paper bags and biodegradable containers. Susan C. Aro (JDP/SCA-PIA-CAR, Benguet)

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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