Benguet seeks monitoring of basic goods

FOLLOWING the full implementation of the Tax Reform Acceleration and Inclusion Law, Benguet province is seeking the help of the Department of Trade and Industry in monitoring and prices of basic commodities.


The national tax reform law took effect January 1 which adjusts personal income tax rates while imposing higher tax on fuels/oils, cars, and sugar-sweetened beverages. Benguet Governor Crescencio Pacalso said with the pending increase of fuel prices, they are expecting traders to use it as a reason to raise prices of different goods.

"We inform the DTI to look into this to set a guideline for the suggested retail prices for basic commodities. And I think they are already doing that," said Pacalso. Based on data from the Bureau of Internal Revenue, around 6.8 million or 90 percent of the 7.5 million individual income tax payers will be exempt from paying taxes starting this year, more than triple of the current two million exempt minimum wage earners.

Board Member Jim Botiwey said with the new law, local businesses will also be affected by the new law. "I believe the new law has no direct effect on the local business although sa operation mayroong bearing kasi tataas iyong krudo kaya may effect doon sa operations," said Botiwey.

"We cannot also blame local government units on increasing taxes because again lifeblood ng operation ng LGU for that matter the national government is tax," said Botiwey. "We are hoping that all the tax being generated by the National Government and local government should really go to the people."

Botiwey added the new law will be felt in just barely two months. "Number one tataas iyong transportation, number two tataas iyong goods. It is sad again that the decrease of tax pupunta rin sa increase na babayaran natin. It's just getting one money from one pocket putting it in another pocket," Botiwey added.

By Lauren Alimondo


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