LA TRINIDAD, Benguet – The municipal government and concerned agriculture and tourism industry stakeholders are setting their sights on the production and presentation of the Biggest Vegetable Salad during the celebration of the town’s Highland Vegetable Week to contribute in aggressively promoting locally produced vegetables and bring back the vibrance of both the agriculture and tourism sectors that had been heavily impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic over the past several years.
Mayor Romeo K. Salda said that the decision to produce and present the Biggest Vegetable Salad was achieved after a series of consultations with concerned agriculture and tourism industry stakeholders to also contribute in promoting Benguet as the major source of highland vegetables being sold in the different markets around the country.
He claimed that there are ongoing researches to ascertain the record holder of the Biggest Vegetable Salad so that the concerned stakeholders will evaluate whether or not they are capable of overshooting the record to add to the town’s achievements in terms of being able to maximize available resources in the municipality and the province to gain international recognitions.
“We hope that we will be able to produce and present to the public the Biggest Vegetable Salad to be able to entice more tourists to visit the province and patronize the vegetable produce of our farmers. We want to being back the vibrance of our agriculture and tourism industries to be able to sustain the robust economic activities and sources of livelihood of our people,” mayor Salda stressed.
La Trinidad institutionalized the annual celebration of the Highland Vegetable Week to help in providing the agriculture industry stakeholders with greater opportunities to promote their produce and enhance the identity of Benguet as the Salad Bowl of the Philippines.
Mayor Sala pointed out that the production and presentation of the Biggest Vegetable Salad will be done in partnership with the concerned agriculture and tourism industry stakeholders to ensure the successful conduct of the said event that is aimed at aggressively promoting the consumption of locally produced vegetables.
In 2004, La Trinidad landed in the Guinness Book of world Records after it was able to bake the Largest Strawberry Shortcake that paved the way for the town to be internationally known as one of the premier tourist destinations in the country.
Further, the municipality is also the major producer of strawberry which is one of the major fruits patronized by residents and visitors.
The mayor explained that the proposed production and presentation of the Biggest Vegetable Salad will definitely be a big boost in the ongoing efforts of the local government and other sectors to allow the heavily impacted agriculture and tourism sectors to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic that resulted in the loss of sources of livelihood of people over the past several years.
He is keeping his fingers crossed that the said endeavor will be realized because of the active involvement of both the government and the private sectors because organizers of the said event need all the support to be able to successfully conduct the event.