PRO-Cor sends police contingent for ASEAN summit

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, Nov. 10 (PIA) --  The Police Regional Office–Cordillera has sent off 309-strong personnel to augment the security forces of the 31st ASEAN Summit in Manila next week that will be attended by more than 20 world leaders and heads of states.


PRO-Cor Regional Director PCSupt. Elmo Francis Sarona led the send-off ceremony for the Cordillera contingent as he reminded the police force to stay disciplined and follow orders from their commanding officers.

He added that they should always practice maximum tolerance as they might be deployed in areas where rallies and other untoward incident might occur.

Sarona also advised them to wear their sweetest smiles even if people would shout at them. However, if they will harm them, it is their duty to protect themselves as he does not like anybody from the group to be harmed.

The 309-strong police contingent is composed of mostly members of the Regional Public Safety Battalion led by RPSB Deputy Battalion Commander PSupt. Greg Ammiyao. They will be deployed until November 16.

Meanwhile, the PRO-Cor is on heightened alert with the expected influx of visitors from the National Capital Region and the provinces of Bulacan and Pampanga, where Malacanang declared November 13 to 15 as special non-working days due to the 31st ASEAN Summit and Related Meetings. (JDP/RMC PIA-CAR)


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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