La Trinidad new mayor vows to adopt environment protection policies

May 15, 2013 10:26 am 

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, May 15 — The newly-elected municipal mayor here Wednesday vowed to adopt the good programs of the past administration especially in environment protection to ensure the maintenance of the famous strawberry fields and at the same time improve the water quality of the Balili River.

Edna Tabanda (NPC party), former town mayor here and vice governor of Benguet Province said that over the years, she also observed the improvement of the eco-tourism program here despite the entry of more business entities and hosts the Benguet State University (BSU) which steadily increased its population with an array of additional courses offered similar to the University of the Philippines, Los Banos.

For years, the strawberry fields decreased in area as many landowners opted either to build their residence there, if not to convert it as site of commercial building.

Tabanda said the matter would be given to a study group in order to obtain good recommendations to be implemented.

Meanwhile, the lady executive noted that there were already various studies on how to revive the Balili River which in the 1960's had rich resources in fish and edible plants.

Due to pollution, the river can only now be used for irrigation purposes. However, many residents observed that when the waters clear after the rainy season, many children bathe and swim in the river which crosses the valley from its southern part and goes down to a tributary at the west towards the lowland areas of western Benguet and La Union.

Tabanda said that her team will also review fiscal policies in order that proper spending of government money will be strictly enforced for the benefit of the people. (PNA)

FPV/AURE A. GALACGAC/EBP

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