19M- worth of MJ destroyed in Kalinga, Benguet

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, April 3 (PIA) -- More than P19 million- worth of marijuana were destroyed in separate marijuana eradication operations in Benguet and Kalinga recently.


Anti-narcotics agents from the Police Regional Office-Cordillera, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency Cordillera, PDEA Region 1, PDEA Region 2, Philippine Army and local police torched marijuana plants worth P 17, 480,000 in simultaneous eradication drives in Tinglayan, Kalinga on March 24.

In Barangay Loccong,   law enforcers destroyed six marijuana cultivation sites planted with 40,000 fully-grown marijuana and 9,600 marijuana seedlings with a Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) value of P8, 384,000.

They also destroyed Barangay Buscalan, also in Tinglayan some 44,700 fully-grown marijuana and 3,900 marijuana seedlings sourced from nine plantation sites with DDB value of P9, 096,000.

In the province of Benguet, anti-narcotics agents uprooted and burned around P2.04M worth of marijuana at Sitio Bana, Tacadang in Kibungan, Benguet in a two-day eradication operation.

The operation dubbed as “Oplan Bana" was implemented from March 19-20 that resulted to the destruction of 8,700 fully-grown marijuana plants and 2.4 kilos of marijuana stalks sourced from five cultivation sites.

PDEA-CAR Information Officer Joseph Calulut said the anti-illegal drug campaign is part of PDEA's thrust in clearing the community of illegal hemp that is still considered as prohibited under the law.

PRO-Cor Regional Director PCSupt. Edward Carranza lauded the operatives for a job well done and the concerted efforts of various law enforcement agencies and local government units.

“The never-ending eradication does not guarantee the total elimination of marijuana plants in the area because some residents use this illegal drugs as one of the sources of income. However, rest assured that the PROCOR in partnership with other government agencies is doing its best to implement the plans and programs to prevent more marijuana cultivation,”  he said.

Carranza  called on marijuana planters to divert to other livelihood projects that the local government and other non-government organizations offer as an alternative source of their livelihood to help in the maintenance of peace and order in the region.

He also ordered all unit commanders to strengthen partnership with the communities, conduct continuous police operations and intensify intelligence build-up against personalities involved in illegal drugs and put them behind bars. Redjie Melvic Cawis (ALT/RMC- PIA CAR with reports from PDEA)


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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