DA Sec. opens TienDA in Benguet

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, May 7 (PIA) -- Secretary Emmanuel “Manny” Piñol led the beating of the gong to formally open the TienDA Farmers and Fisherfolks Outlet at the Benguet Agri-Pinoy Trading Center (BAPTC) here  last week.


Piñol said the TienDA is a marketing initiative of DA that was launched in July 2017 which aims to provide a direct trading center for farmers and fisher folks and provide fresh and quality food to the public at farm gate price. This is in line with the agenda of President Rodrigo Duterte to provide available and affordable food for Filipinos.

The TienDA features fresh fruits, vegetables, rice, and other agricultural and fishery products from different farms nationwide sold at farm gate prices. This new marketing scheme ensures that farmers’ products can be directly sold to the consumers in urban areas without the intervention of middlemen.

Piñol, who was accompanied by Benguet Governor Crescencio Pacalso and La Trinidad Mayor Romeo Salda, also spearheaded the tuna cutting where portions of the fish were prepared as sashimi and distributed for free tasting to the public. This is part of the Biyaheng Bukid Program to visit the countryside and see what needs to be done to foster agricultural development.

During the two-day event on April 27 – 28, TienDA showcased farm products from the Cordillera, Central Luzon, Region 1, Region 4A, Region 2, and Region 12.

The Secretary said that agricultural produce from the different parts of the country, even as far as Mindanao such as yellow fin tuna from General Santos City and pomelo and, marang and durian fruits from Davao City are sold to consumers in the province of Benguet. At the same time, TienDA outlets in other province will also be selling vegetables coming from Benguet and other parts of the Cordillera.

DA-Cordillera Regional Director Narciso Edillo said that after the TienDA market expo, they hope that the strategy will be sustained and be continued down to the barangay level through continuous support from the local government units on the municipal and barangay food terminals.

“In doing so, we can continuously stand true to our mission which is to provide access to affordable food to the public,” he said.

Pinol also took time to meet with the different DA bureaus and agencies for the National Extension Support, Education and Training Services (ESETS) harmonization, attend the drone test flight or the use of drone to spray pesticides at the strawberry fields and the farmers forum and   meeting with the local executives of Baguio City and Benguet. Redjie Melvic Cawis (ALT/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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