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Benguet as ‘first-class province’ eyed



WANGAL, La Trinidad, Benguet — Newly-minted Benguet Representative Eric Yap is eyeing to make the province first class by pushing reforms for the benefit of its citizens and for the progress and development of the province.

Yap stressed that the realization of real progress and development in Benguet is long overdue, noting that he had already met with heads of different departments especially those in charge of social welfare, employment and infrastructures to ensure that Benguet will be really included if not in the priority lists of their programs.

He added the Benguet people will surely benefit from the availability and the regularity of government programs and projects that will flood the province.

The lawmaker noted that it will boost the economy and the people and also the provincial government and vowed that one of the many legislative actions that he will perform come July is the seeking of a congressional inquiry on the rampant vegetable smuggling and illegal imports that are killing the livelihood of Benguet highland vegetable farmers.

He said that the practice should be stopped and the people behind the illegal activities be held accountable and prosecuted. He explained that he did not use the issue before during the electoral campaigns so as not to stain the matter with politicking.

Yap also urged the other political candidates of Benguet who did not make it in the recently concluded elections to continue their advocacies and extend their cooperation with the provincial government.