Business sector contributes half of La Trinidad’s revenues

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, July 30(PIA) - - The business sector has big contribution to the economy of this town which is recognized of its relatively good competitive standing.

 

Business Licensing Officer Lawrence Balud reported that 56 percent of the local government’s revenues are generated from the business sector making the local government unit (LGU) not fully reliant from the internal revenue allotment of the national government.

Balud said the province takes pride of the LGU as not fully IRA-dependent, as he encouraged the entrepreneurs who attended the 3rd Entrepreneurs’ Summit held last week at the Municipal Gymnasium to register their businesses and pay the necessary permits.

Processing of business permit is now fast and easy if requirements are complete. This is due to the streamlining of government transactions which started in 2011. From the original 23 face-to-face encounter with each of the businessmen, it was collapsed into only four, Balud said.

La Trinidad’s overall competitive index through the years is relatively good. Competitive index gauges productivity in terms of economic dynamism, government efficiency in the delivery of services to business clients and the presence of enough infrastructure catering to the processing of permits government efficiency, infrastructure. Resiliency to disaster is also a measure incorporated in the overall competitive index.

Since 2013, the highest overall ranking La Trinidad garnered was 14th in 2016 among 490 municipalities. It ranked 26th among 462 municipalities in 2015.

Balud is hopeful that the LGU’s ranking in the aspects of government efficiency and resiliency will improve to obtain a higher overall ranking with collaborative efforts of the business sector and the concerned government agencies. (PIA 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.
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