CabSec calls on people to be drivers of change

LA TRINIDAD Benguet, July 10 (PIA) - - Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco Jr. called on the people to actively  participate  and support in governance to ensure a better life and a peaceful environment for the Filipino people  especially for the next generations to come.


Evasco, who spearheaded the Cordillera leg of the regional roll – out of “Biyaya ng Pagbabago” at the Benguet State University here last July 7,   explained that President Rodrigo Duterte is pushing for an honest- to -goodness attempt to protect the people and to achieve the Filipino people’s aspirations for a better life and a peaceful environment to live amidst challenges from various sectors.

“Despite all the challenges and difficulties, we continue to commit to protect you, people of the Philippines,” he said.

Government programs and services, privileges and benefits from any agencies and institutions are already there, which is why the government through the CabSec and the Office of Participatory Governance are now working hard to connect the people and in bringing down such programs and services down the people, especially those who need it most, Evasco said.

“Our aspirations for change (for a better life and better country) will not happen if we expect President Duterte to do it for us or expect the heads of agencies and department to do it for you. It will only happen if you do it on your own. You are the factors of change. The initiator of change,” he stressed.

Office of Participatory Governance Undersecretary Joselito Libres outlined that the “Biyaya ng Pagbabago” campaign aims to bring the effective delivery of services through the proper and fastest way as directed by the President.

“The President wants to address the poverty concerns of the country. Under his administration’s Philippine Development Plan (2017 – 2022), the President aims to reduce the the poverty incidence from 21.6 percent to 14 percent, and that translates to bringing in around 6 million Filipinos out of the poverty line before his term ends,”  Libres said.

“As citizens of this country, we also play a big role in helping the government achieve such goal. We should not wait for the government programs and services to make it happen, we should cooperate and actively participate in making such goal a reality. We should help our President, our Cabinet Secretary and all the government agencies to make it happen,” he stressed.

For the Biyaya ng Pagbabago roll out, USEC Dave Cabrera also gave an orientation on President Duterte’s 8888 Citizen’s Complaint hotline while Department of Finance Assistant Secretary Antonio Joselito Lambino II provided a presentation on the government’s Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion or TRAIN.

Government agencies also provided programs and service booth for the participants and the public during the said forum. (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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