BAUKO, Mountain Province— Mayor Abraham B. Akilit is eyeing the establishment of a vegetable trading post in Tagudin, Ilocos Sur which will be operated by the municipal government to help decongest the La Trinidad-based vegetable trading facility. The Ilocos post can also open bigger market opportunities for highland vegetables coming from northern Benguet and Mountain Province, he said.
Akilit said the municipal government intends to purchase a 1-hectare land as trading post side in partnership with the Tagudin.
He explained the investment of the municipal government for the purchase of the property could be easily recovered primarily through rentals that in turn could finance development projects and enhance the delivery of basic services to the residents.
He said the completion of the Aluling bridge in Cervantes, Ilocos Sur and the near completion of the concreting of the Mountain Province-Ilocos Sur road reduced travel time from the locality to Tagudin, Ilocos Sur to only about two hours from four hours.
The Tagudin trading post will not be competing with La Trinidad but will be serving as an alternative for farmers coming from northern Benguet and Mountain Province.
He is optimistic that the municipality’s economic enterprise project could be realized the soonest in order to allow the local government to internally generated funds which could be plowed back to their constituents through the implementation of various development projects and improve the delivery of basic services in the future.