Benguet Provincial Capitol is public wi-fi hotspot

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, Nov. 30 (PIA) -- The Benguet Provincial Capitol is now a public wifi hotspot.

Provincial officials led by Governor Crescencio Pacalso together with Smart/PLDT Vice President for Business Operations Benedicto Perez launched the internet connectivity project spearheaded by the Department of Information Communications Technology at the Provincial Capitol last November 21.


The wi-fi hotspot with Smart/PLDT as the service provider allows free internet access for 30 minutes everyday with speed that can reach up to 100 megabytes per second. Its accessibility is within a 100-meter radius with10 access points in the area, Smart/PLDT Business Relations Manager Louie Metra explained.

There will be charges for the extended usage. One may opt to buy cards at P20 for two hours and P50 for 10 hours which can be used anywhere in the country. The cards are available at the Benguet Government Employees Multi-Purpose Cooperative.

Perez said they are continuously rolling out such service which is the same technology and service provided in airports. He also assured their company will provide ICT services and extend other ICT requirements needed by the provincial government.

Pacalso acknowledged the company for installing the internet connectivity saying this is a good opportunity especially among students in doing their research and home works. This will allow better connectivity in the province, he added.

He is requesting the company if they could extend additional 30 minute free access.

In the Cordillera region, only Baguio City and the province are the recipients of the free wi-fi access project to date. 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.
EL Kikasa