Pacalso underscores pressing issues in Benguet in SOPA

LA TRINDID, Benguet, Aug. 22(PIA) - - Governor Crescencio Pacalso underscored the current status and pressing needs of the province which need immediate attention in his recent State of the Province Address.


Pacalso said among pressing issues the province is presently confronted with include war on drugs, efforts to prevent possible entry of bird flu- infected poultry products and repercussions of the rainy season on road condition, on health and on small scale miners.

On the anti-drug campaign, Pacalso announced almost all barangays is declared drug-free except for barangays Badeo and Tacadang in the town of Kibungan. He hopes all will be declared drug-free after the accounting of wanted drug personalities in said areas.

As to the bird flu virus which affected some parts of Central Luzon, the provincial government is doing intervention efforts to prevent its entry in the area. Pacalso said quarantine checkpoints are in place in entry points.

Other efforts the OPVET is undertaking include poultry blood sampling, information education and continuous animal disease surveillance.

To beef up such efforts, an ordinance regulating the entry of livestock and poultry is on second reading at the provincial board.

He hopes that there will be no substantial effect on the vegetable industry as there are other options to procure chicken dung used as soil conditioner in farms. Pacalso urged suppliers not to purchase chicken dung from quarantined areas.

With the onset of the rainy season, one of the main concerns of the provincial government is to keep the roads open to traffic in cooperation with the Department of Public Works and Highways to ensure the continuous transport of vegetables.

With the expected increase of Dengue cases during the rainy season, Pacalso also urged the public to cooperate in the prevention of the outbreak of dengue by not allowing breeding grounds for mosquito vectors. Last year there was an overflow of patients at the Benguet General Hospital due to rise of dengue cases.

Another perennial concern during the rainy season is the danger posed to small scale miners entering their tunnels. Recently, Pacalso through an order issued a protocol in the issuance of advisories to small scale miners delegating it to the municipal mayors.

The provincial officials and the various departments including concerned agencies shall work hand in hand to address the identified pressing concerns of the province.

Moreover,  among the programs and projects the provincial government plans to sustain and pursue as mentioned by Pacalso are social programs and projects on education, health, social services, support services, agriculture, veterinary services, hospital services, environment, infrastructure, livelihood, agriculture, and tourism. 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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