Defense Undersecretary and PVAO Administrator Ernesto Carolina with the Baguio City officials led by Acting Mayor Faustino Olowan recognize the heroism of the World War II heroes during the 74th National Victory Day celebration at the Veterans Park in Baguio City on Tuesday, September 3. (RMC- PIA CAR)

TESDA at 25. TESDA - CAR Regional Director Manuel Wong and DTI Baguio - Benguet Director Freda Gawisan leads other partners from DOLE and Baguio PESO, in a Kapihan media forum, to promote the scheduled activities for TESDA's 25th Anniversary that will be highlighted by the

World class skilled Workers. PEZA Baguio deputy Zone Administrator Allan Datahan, in his keynote message at the TESDA - CAR 25 years anniversary awards and recognition program, affirms a continuing partnership with TESDA, not only in bringing work opportunity for Tech - Voc graduates inside the special economic zone but also in skills training to ensure that Filipino workforce will be globally competitive and responsive to the manpower needs of industries/investors. (Lito Dar/PIA CAR)

TESDA@25. Bartending students from the Baguio City School of Arts and Trade gives a demonstration on wine mixing during the TESDA - CAR led Kapihan media forum for the promotion of the scheduled activities for TESDA's 25th Anniversary that will be highlighted by the

TVET Partners. TESDA - CAR officials headed by Regional Director Manuel Wong (2nd from left) in a photo opt with TESDA 25th year anniversary awardees as Outstanding Partners in Technical Education and Skills Development (Lito Dar/PIA CAR)

Smoke Free Baguio. City Health Officials with partners and community stakeholders strengthens convergence for the attainment of the objectives of Baguio's Comprehensive Tobacco Control Ordinance through the first Smoke Free Baguio Convention at Venus Parkview Hotel, Tuesday. (Lito Dar/PIA CAR)

La Trinidad holds 1st Highland Veggie Week

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, July 8 (PIA) - - The  first La Trinidad Highland Vegetable Industry Week  which features  the launching of the one of a kind organic vegetable honesty stand, serving of highland vegetable salad toss and farmers’ forum spiced up with edible urban mini garden  showcase of highland vegetables and agri-skills competitions   is set this week.


With the theme, “Sustaining the vegetable industry for a vibrant economy,” the celebration   will run from July 10-12 at the Municipal Gym.

 Anchored on Municipal Ordinance Number 31-2018 declaring second week of July of every year as the Highland Vegetable Industry Week in the municipality, the event aims to unify all stakeholders and celebrate the industry’s contribution to the socio-economic development of the town and likewise secure its status as the highland vegetable trading capital of the region.

The three-day activity spearheaded by the local government is in partnership with the League of Associations at the La Trinidad Vegetable Trading Area, Inc. (LTVTAI).

Newly elected Congressman Nestor Fongwan will be the guest speaker during the opening program on July 10.

After the program, the organic vegetable honesty stand will be launched.  Felicitas Ticbaen, head of the Municipal Agriculture Office, said this is a double-door chiller which   contains freshly processed and ready-to-eat highland veggies to be installed within the municipal building.

The store will be unmanned and payment is based on the honesty of the buyer as nobody will assist in the payment, said Ticba-en.  She encouraged buyers   to bring along loose change to enable them to pay the exact amount.

The project is in partnership with La Organica, an association of organic practitioners in the town and coursed through the town’s employees cooperative.

 An agro-bazaar will also be opened to showcase vegetables and processed products.

Just like the giant vegetable salad served last July 13, 2017 spearheaded by the League of Associations at La Trinidad Vegetable Trading Area, Inc., the La Trinidad local government. in partnership with the same association will be serving for free  Highland Vegetabe Salad Toss expected to serve around 3,000 to 4,000 people 12 noon on July 12, 2019 at the Municipal Gym  in celebration of the La Trinidad ist Highland Veggie Week. (SCA-PIA-CAR, Benguet)  

In the afternoon will be a farmers’ forum at the Municipal Gymnasium. Among the lined up topics are updates on highland value crop development program (HVCDP) to be discussed by Department of Agriculture HVCDP Coordinator Joan Bacbac; updates from the office of the Fertilizer and Pesticide Authority   by FPA Agriculturist II Rowena Billig, and updates on organic agriculture by Organic Agriculture Philippines Focal Person Lilibeth Paraoan.

Farmers and truckers will also have an audience with Fongwan on the food lane concerns in the transportation of produce.

An edible mini urban garden, a landscape of vegetables, herbs adorned with ornaments, upcycled materials and natural and other accessories will also be showcased starting July 10 as part of the competitions.  

The mini garden landscaping of at least six square meters is a showcase of urban gardening towards food security which is possible to make even in urban areas with limited space.  

The highland vegetable agri-skills competitions will take place July 11 with prizes courtesy of the League of Association at the LTVTAI.

Competitions include vegetable carving contest, vegetable salad making, vegetable pizza making, vegetable fun run, folk media contest, vegetable “pinaka” contest, musical solo contest.

The contests are open to barangays and all associations or groups of the various trading posts in town on a first come, first serve basis for the first 10 entries except for the “pinaka” contest, according to Ticba-en.

For the carving contest, the organizers will provide the vegetables such as carrots, raddish, sayote, cucumber, sugar beets, potatoes. Contestants will bring their own carving materials.

The vegetable salad making will be on-the-spot but contestants must bring their pre-washed vegetables and dressing.   

 Contestants to the vegetable pizza-making will have to bake the recipe at home and bring it with them during the competitions on July 11.

The vegetable “pinaka” contest is open to all farmers whose products will be prepared and on display before 7:30 am on July 11. “Pinaka” categories may be the biggest or heaviest or longest but of good shape and of natural color.

The Vegetable fun run is open to senior citizens and guests who are given the opportunity to get vegetables of their choice with minimum of five kinds.

For the folk media contest, it may be a drama, skit or a combination which entertains at the same time educational.

The musical solo contest must represent each barangay or association of the trading posts in the area.  It must be an original composition in English, Tagalog or the local dialect such as Ilokano, Kankana-ey or Ilokano.

On July 12 at 12 noon will be the serving for free of fresh salad out of   highland veggies which can serve around 3,000 to 4,000 people. Vegetables and ingredients will weigh about 600 to 800 kilograms, said Tisane.

The event is expected to be a yearly undertaking of the town to foster and sustain stakeholders’ role in the development and promotion of the town not only its economic but tourism development as well. (JDP/SCA-PIA-CAR, Benguet)

By Susan C. Aro



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Mt. Province

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