Pls give funds for Alfonso Lista’s tourist spots
By Anthony A. Araos
The world is unfolding before Alfonso Lista’s folks today. The opportunities in both the agriculture and tourism industries are surely vast.
Alfonso Lista folks live how they see the world, and to my mind this is very important.
I always tell my relatives and friends that corn is so good to eat at any given time of the year.
I thought of that as I gladly enjoyed a tall, slim glass of “mais con yelo” (iced corn with milk) at Chic Boy restaurant in Bambang, Nueva Vizcaya. I would say, finally my favorite item for merienda. “That’s it. Yep, that’s it,” I said. In the days that followed, I said, I want more of my all-time snack favorite. My unshakeable belief on the corn’s nutritional value explains it all.
Well, anyhow while enjoying my “mais con yelo” with gusto. There were other thoughts in my mind. Corn kernel, popcorn, corn grits and even corn starch- all came into my mind. What makes this collection of corn by-products exciting and interesting is how the businessman create space with a small wallet to work with. Corn is a lucrative business in most parts of the world. The end results are great, even unbelievable. In other words, there is a lot of money in raising corn.
Again, it is high time to turn Alfonso Lista as the next tourist attraction of Ifugao. The national government should come into the picture for funding. To my estimates, it would need nearly PhP2 billion to make it happen. Vital funds from the Duterte administration are truly needed to turn Alfonso Lista into a major tourist attraction through its farms (for not only corn, but also rice, vegetables and fruits) and other destinations as well as a corn research center. After all, Alfonso Lista is the undisputed “corn granary” of not just Ifugao, but throughout the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR). These funds are definitely required to develop various structures to boost the tourism industry.
Complementing this is the government’s farm tourism program, which also covers the overall effort to improve the lives of the men and women in the agriculture sector. The stakeholders in the tourism industry and the farming sector are important because they are at the “grassroots” and could make concrete changes in the society and put pressure on officials above them, most especially in the provincial level. It is so important to pursue high-impact development in Alfonso Lista to make its 20 barangays (villages) socially inclusive, resilient and sustainable. The government, particularly through the tireless efforts of Sen. Cynthia Villar who chairs the committee on agriculture and food, precisely rolled out the farm tourism program to upgrade the conditions of farmers and fisher folk. This also would help the government meet its target revenue in the tourism industry.
How do you get the PhP2 billion funds? This year alone, the national government aims to raise total revenues of PhP3.2 trillion. This includes the release of Php181.4 billion to be generated from the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Law. I’m not even talking at this point of the specifics of the government’s Build, Build, Build infrastructure program. In short, there’s a lot of money for the development of structures of Alfonso Lista’s tourist attractions. Consequently, imagine the need to hire thousands of adequately-skilled construction workers for the rehabilitation and even the construction of new facilities. Also, take note of the fact that the country is still facing a labor shortage in the construction industry.
Here’s less stressful news as it is very much related to the foregoing discussion. The country’s national budget for next year is PhP4.1 trillion and a congressman is about to receive PhP100 million for projects. That’s good news for the town’s tourism industry if and only if they are to source out some funds from Ifugao Rep. Solomon Chungalao. I’m looking forward to helping them. After all, these funds are from the taxes Alfonso Lista folks are paying. Thus, take the much-needed action with open minds and open hearts!
The validity of fund requests to the national government will be determined by the strengths of increased tourist arrivals in the town in the near future. Then and now the message to the national government is loud and clear: Please give funds for Alfonso Lista tourist attractions.
If realized, the high re-visit value of tourists shall also be felt in the tourism industry.
A young French lady tourist told me that Alfonso Lista’s tourism industry structures need a lot of improvement. I instinctively knew that she was correct. Thus, it’s a big concern for all.
For now I’m extending the invitation to local and foreign tourists to visit Alfonso Lista and for them to witness its harvest rituals. My take is that it is time to celebrate the town’s agricultural heritage rooted in the respect and care for the environment. It is another essential feature of farm tourism for tourists to understand and appreciate during their stay at these farms.
Aussie Grown Corn Flakes are quite popular globally. It’s time to have Alfonso Lista Grown Corn Flakes too.
Thousands of tourists visit farms in many towns of the Philippines. It is time that Alfonso Lista be included in the Top 10 or so must-visit farms in the country.
I’m confident that Governor Jerry Dalipog shall work for the improvement of the lives of Ifugao’s impoverished farmers and fisher folk. He should focus on road network construction and mechanization program through the acquisition of farm machinery and equipment, as well as post-harvest facilities.
I’m saying this because of his astute leadership of Governor Dalipog, everything else is possible. After reviewing his past record and achievements as mayor of Banaue, I hope that Governor Dalipog to exert his utmost to fast-track the program of the provincial government. There is really anurgency for the provincial government to lessen the burden of economically-disadvantaged farmers and fisher folk. How often does the provincial government take a moment to look into the unbearable conditions of farmers and fisher folk? Farmers should have additional income because palay (unhusked rice) shall yield more compared to the present-day variety of rice per hectare. I’m optimistic that Governor Dalipog shall heed this advice and pursue pro-agriculture sector programs for he understand the impact of positive action will be address with proactive attention to help cash-strapped farmers and fisher folk. I’m strongly pushing for it because it is tied-up to the government’ poverty reduction agenda.
Condolence to the bereaved family of the late Ifugao Vice Governor Johnny Langbayan, father-in-law of Vice Governor Glenn Prudenciano. Langbayan also served as mayor of Mayoyao and Board Member. My prayers for the eternal repose of his soul.
Just to inform the public on developments regarding the operations of North Highland Auto Transport Corporation, its vans are offering daily trips to Banaue, Lagawe and Lamut towns, all in Ifugao. These trips are from Baguio City. The terminal is located at Teodora Alonzo Street, where another van transport service firm used to operate. Commuters are also advised to visit Cayong residence, near Broadway eatery. Contact numbers are 09551040225 and 09094730908. There is still no word on the North Highland Transport Corporation’s trip to Mayoyao, Ifugao.
Blooper in Ifugao: The following took place at a road clearing operation. The clearing officer pounced on a road side coconut vendor. He said: “Don’t sell these coconuts here, I will confiscate everything.” Vendor: “Yes sir.” The next day, the officer came back at the same place and found the vendor selling buko pie. Officer: “You’re hard headed vendor, I will confiscate your buko pies.” Vendor: “Yes sir.” On the third day, the officer came back and found the vendor selling buko juice. Officer: “You really do not learn, you cannot sell here beside the road anytime. I will confiscate your buko juice.” Vendor: “Yes sir.” For seven days, no officer was nowhere to be seen. But the vendor kept on selling beside the road. After a week, the officer returned. Vendor: “Sir, where have you been? What happened. You seem frail and thin?” Officer: “I came from the hospital. I got sick because of your buko juice. It’s spoiled.” Vendor: “Sir, I have barbecue now, why don’t you confiscate it? There is African Swine Fever.” Hehehe.
Unlimited odd thoughts unloaded: Just before the elections, the administration, opposition and independent candidates for mayor met to brag on their strategies to win. It is a very close race and it appears that one person shall determine the poll results or the eventual winner.
The opposition bet remarked, “I already paid that person PhP3,000 to vote for me.”
The administration aspirant said, ”I already paid that person PhP4,000 to vote for him.”
The independent hopeful declared, “I’ve got no money to pay that person.” He turned to his administration and opposition rivals and asked, ”Do I need to tell you that the person is not even a registered voter of the town.”
Did you know? Mangosteen is a popular fruit in Mindanao. It is rather an expensive fruit. Yet, it is highly nutritious and is rich in powerful antioxidants. It also promotes a healthy immune system and is helpful in maintaining healthy skin. Moreover, it promotes the production of red blood cells. Undoubtedly, mangosteen is an important item in the diet of almost all peoples. This coming Christmas season, buy a kilo of mangosteen and eat your heart out. With your Christmas bonus, even if it is quite costly, doing this will do more good than harm to one’s wallet.
For our food delights corner: It is a great time to have sinigang na salmon (fish) for dinner. This food item remains a favorite of Filipinos for several years. Best served with steamed rice, chicken adobo stewed in soy, vinegar, salt, pepper and laurel leaves. You may easily add tortang talong (eggplant omelet) on the side. This remains an enjoyable treat for your loved ones, family and friends. To my mind, as the Christmas season is just around the corner, don’t forget that quality and quantity of food prepared at the table go hand-in-hand in creating a truly memorable dining experience. For appetizers and dessert: Take my word it is pretty good to have buko-halo (coconut-based halo-halo), mocha cake and chilled orange juice. A friend of mine from Lucena City in Quezon province said this meal is a great choice of her family for several decades. I fully agree! Prepare for more memorable dining experience in the days, weeks and months ahead of the joyous Yuletide celebration. Again, don’t forget to pray for the day’s blessings.
Finally, here are some thoughts for our readers: “Passing it on time is our number one goal this year. It’s important that before December 3-31, we have already passed the 2020 national budget so that by January, we clearly have a budget.” Sen. Juan Edgardo “Sonny” Angara, Senate finance committee chairman
“While many Filipinos are getting sick, we are slashing our budget for hospitals.” Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto
“I know that you can do all things, no plan of yours can be thwarted. My ears had heard of you, but now my eyes have seen you. Therefore, I despise myself and repent in dust and ashes.” Job 42:2, 5-6
“If someone who has wordly means to see a brother in need and refuse him compassion, how can the love of God remain in him? Children let us love not in word or speech, but in deed and truth.” 1 John 3:17-18
“Blessed is the womb that carried you and the breasts at which you moved. Rather blessed are thise who hear the word of God and observe it.” Lk 11:27**