Outstanding coops in La Trinidad recognized

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, Aug.17 (PIA) -- Outstanding cooperatives in this municipality were recognized during the first Gawad Parangal for cooperatives last August 9 at the La Trinidad Municipal Gymnasium here.


The awards comprise Outstanding Cooperative Leaders & Special awards, Outstanding Primary Cooperatives for Micro and Small Categories and Outstanding Primary Cooperatives for Medium and Large Categories.

In the Most Outstanding Cooperative Large Category, Benguet State University and Community Multipurpose Cooperative garnered the first place. BATJODA MPC and La Trinidad Vegetable Trading Post MPC   were second and third respectively.

In the Medium Category Of Most Outstanding Cooperative, Universal MPC bagged first place, followed by BSU Orchidarium and Ornamental Plant Growers MPC, and the Tomay Credit Cooperative.

In the small category, Barangay Alapang MPC was adjudged the most outstanding coop, followed by Benguet Rural People’s MPC, Balancio MPC and Beckel Neighborhood Service Cooperative.

The most Outstanding Cooperative-Micro Category went to Tebteb Balili MPC; GULPI Consumers Cooperative, second and Cordillera Brotherhood Service Cooperative, third.

Barangay Lubas was also awarded as the Best Performing Barangay Cooperative Development Council and the La Trinidad Vegetable Trading Post MPC as the Outstanding Community Involvement And Development Program.

Benguet State University and Community MPC got the award of Excellence in Membership Growth and Expansion Program.

The remarkable Cooperative Solidarity and Partnership Program Award was received by barangay Alapang MPC.

Excellence in providing financial products and services to the community award was given to Universal MPC.

Barangay Alapang Multi-purpose Cooperative Manager Felina Mercoles was awarded as the most outstanding leader of the year. Remedios Bisquera was second placer and Engr. James Gadgad, Sr. was third. The leaders were judged on their performance and contribution to co-op development, longevity of service to cooperatives, and awards and citations received.

Cooperative Development Authority –Cordillera Regional Director Franco Bawang Jr. stressed that cooperatives play a vital role in supporting other sectors of development for the people’s benefit and in promoting the locality. He urged the coops to venture on tourism citing the practices of other successful co-ops outside the municipality.

The La Trinidad Gawad Parangal for Cooperatives aims to recognize cooperatives, coop development councils and leaders for their exemplary performance in bringing responsive services to their members, affiliates and the community; to distinguish best practices of cooperatives; to build socio-civic consciousness on the important contributions of cooperatives as partners in the attainment of sustainable economic development and social justice; to foster strong partnership between the coop stakeholders for a progressive municipality. ( RMC / Deborah Aquino- PIA CAR/ UC Intern)


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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