LA TRINIDAD, Benguet- The decades-old La Trinidad Vegetable Trading Center (LTVTP)
generates an average  400 metric tons (mt.) of highland vegetables and contributes almost P34
million income annually,  officials said. According to Janice Binay, marketing supervisor of the facility renowned for its fresh vegetable produce, has remained consistent in terms of its trading volume, number of farmers, traders, and packers, and number of stalls.

Based on the data obtained from the local treasury office, in 2022, total revenue receipts from
economic enterprise posted at P85.502 million    an  increased of 57.45 percent against it’s
targeted goal of P54.303 million. The  capital town grand total revenue receipts for 2022 amounted to P724.141 million to include regulatory, realty and business taxes, among others.

For LTVTP, Binay said the trading post  generates around P33,929 million  annually. this does
not include revenue from other sources. Binay has encouraged local leaders to allocate a budget for the construction of a weigh bridge to determine the exact volume of vegetables traded  as vehicles utilizing the vegetable hub have increased in recent years. As for development and expansion, Binay explained that “as of now, we cannot really discuss those things because we are in the process of expanding our municipal hall, so the development of the facility is still on hold.”
On the issue of  accreditation, Binay said there is an ongoing process to craft an ordinance by
the Sangguniang Bayan. At present  the official said her office has all the records of  individuals through the acquisition of gate pass to allow  entry to the facility.  She stressed that a  business permit is required for an individual could avail the use of the hub.

The requirements of a business permit include a sanitary permit, which ensures that they have undergone health protocols.” Overall, local officials claimed that  La Trinidad continues to provide a steady supply of fresh vegetables to the community, with no major changes in trading volume, number of farmers, traders, and packers, and number of stalls.

Text by  Tristan John Quiaño/ Rayah Jahziel Tayag/UB Interns/ABN

Amianan Balita Ngayon