Tourism Undersecretary Arthuro Boncato has declared that while other areas in the country are now planting strawberries, those nurtured in the valleys of La Trinidad, Benguet remain the sweetest and most sought-after.
Boncato issued the statement during the 69th founding anniversary of the municipal government of La Trinidad, considered as both the Strawberry Capital and Salad Bowl of the Philippines.
The tourism official said they in the Department of Tourism have been hearing positive reaction from the people outside of the Cordillera Region.
“(We must) make sure that the people who are not able to get their strawberries in the major cities will find their way to La Trinidad,” he said.
Boncato added that while the strawberries come from the different barangays of La Trinidad, a lot are coming from the strawberry farms of Benguet State University (BSU).
He appealed to BSU to maintain and further develop its farms even as he cited its potential as a model municipality in the implementation of the Farm Tourism Development Act of 2016.