LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, Aug. 6 (PIA) - - The provincial board is mulling for the regulation and institutionalization of the clustering scheme for the scheduled delivery of vegetables in the government-run trading centers in the province
The scheme, which was adopted during the community quarantine to control the inflow and movement of people at the La Trinidad Vegetable Trading Post(LTVTP) and the Benguet Agri Pinoy Trading Center(BAPTC), was found to be working well and favorable as prices were also observed to be stable with the regulated supply of vegetables coming in.
Board Member Nestor Fongwan Jr in his proposed ordinance on the clustering of vegetable delivery, aims to further the positive effects of the clustering in particular the valuable contribution to the regulation of vegetable supplies and prices as well as in the management of vegetable transport vehicles.
Clogging of people at the LTVTP and BAPTC was a concern at the start of the Enhanced Community Quarantine until the Provincial Inter-agency Task Force for COVID-19 adopted clustering of municipalities in the delivery of vegetables on the recommendation of the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist in coordination with the Municipal Agriculture Offices.
Delivery is according to the municipality of origin with Buguias, Atok, Kabayan, Sablan, Itogon, La Trinidad, and Kapangan composing Cluster 1 and Mankayan, Kibungan, Bakun, Tuba, Tublay, and Bokod compose Cluster 2
There are also vegetables delivered to the trading centers outside the province which included in the clustering. Those coming from Bauko, Mountain Province are under Cluster 1 and from Tinoc, Ifugao under Cluster 2.
The schedule for Cluster 1 is Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays while Cluster 2 delivers on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
Aside from reducing people entering the centers, the scheme turned out to have other positive effect and favorable to the agriculture sector such as better income to the farming sector. Likewise, it has also helped ease traffic of vehicles hauling vegetables entering the capital town.
The proposed ordinance once approved will cover all existing and future large-scale vegetable trading centers located within the province. (JDP/SCA-PIA-CAR, Benguet)