PIA Press Release
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Benguet to promote 'andap' as a tourism attractionby Lito Dar
BAGUIO CITY, Jan. 11 (PIA) - - From December to February when temperature in the region drops, frost or what is locally known as ‘andap,' is a common phenomena especially in the higher areas of Benguet.
Benguet Governor Nestor Fongwan, in a recent media forum at the Department of Tourism (DOT-CAR) regional office, affirmed that ‘frost’ is now occasionally being experienced in some part of their province, but he assured that it has very minimal effect on their temperate vegetables production. Farmers today, he said, are more intelligent and prepared to respond in preventing their farm inputs from getting damaged by frost bite.
Fongwan disclosed that they are now working out plans to promote the frost in a positive way. They plan to promote it as an attraction for tourists - for them to actually see and experience frost in the hinterlands.
He stressed that the provincial government is very keen on actively promoting the province’s tourism industry, as what they have depicted in its foundation anniversary or Adivay Festival last November through the theme, ’Exploring Benguet’s Best’.
He also affirmed that year in and year out, even with their small budget, they make sure that they allocate certain funds for tourism infrastructure so that they can also ensure to give the tourists, both local and foreign, the safety and convenience while visiting the different scenic spots of the province.
“We already established several view decks, additional streetlights, made improvements on the comfort rooms along the major roads around the province and put up additional community police action centers on strategic parts of the province road network,” Fongwan said.
Meantime, DOT Regional Director Purificacion Molintas lauded the provincial government of Benguet for having the most allocation and accomplishments as far as tourism infrastructure is concerned among the provinces in the Cordillera.(JDP/LD-PIA CAR)