Clar­i­fi­ca­tion sought over BAPTC ops

Sun.Star Baguio - - FRONT PAGE - Lau­ren Alimondo

THE MU­NIC­I­PAL­ITY of La Trinidad is re­quest­ing clar­i­fi­ca­tion of its role in the man­age­ment and op­er­a­tion of the Benguet AgriPi­noy Trad­ing Cen­ter (BAPTC).

In a pro­posed res­o­lu­tion, the lo­cal gov­ern­ment is seek­ing clar­i­fi­ca­tions to De­part­ment of Agri­cul­ture Sec­re­tary Em­manuel Pi­nol as the Project Steer­ing Board was clearly de­fined to in­clude the dif­fer­ent six stake­hold­ers in­clud­ing the mu­nic­i­pal­ity of La Trinidad.

“It was ob­served that BAPTC through the al­leged au­tho­riza­tion of the project steer­ing board, benguet State Univer­sity solely and in­de­pen-

dently man­age and op­er­ate the BAPTC as of now,” said Coun­cilor Henry Ki­pas, chair on com­mit­tee on laws, rules, and reg­u­la­tions and pro­po­nent of the res­o­lu­tion.

A tech­ni­cal work­ing group has ear­lier rec­om­mended the mu­nic­i­pal­ity and BSU to co-man­age BAPTC af­ter an Ad Hoc Com­mi­tee was cre­ated by Mayor Romeo Salda by the virtue of Ad­min­is­tra­tive Or­der 053-2016, whose func­tion is to for­mu­late guide­lines and poli­cies for the ef­fec­tive op­er­a­tion and man­age­ment of the trad­ing cen­ter.

“We learned ac­cord­ingly again the Steer­ing Com­mit­tee again al­lowed that it would now be solely op­er­ated by BSU. We are now in quandary, did the com­mit­tee formed by the mayor de­funct nat­u­rally?”said Ki­pas.

Ki­pas added the mu­nic­i­pal­ity should be given pref­er­ence as a major stake­hold­ers and should be in­volve in mak­ing guide­lines and poli­cies for the op­er­a­tions of BAPTC.

Ear­lier, BAPTC chief of op­er­a­tions Vi­o­leta Salda ad­vised the LGU to pen a res­o­lu­tion that will le­gal­ize the co-man­age­ment of the BAPTC. How­ever, as of this writ­ing, the res­o­lu­tion has yet to be made.

Man­age­ment and op­er­a­tions of BAPTC would be then be turned over to farm­ers by 2020 or to a co­op­er­a­tive who can man­age and han­dle the trad­ing op­er­a­tions, so­cial en­ter­prise, so­cial ca­pa­bil­ity and train­ing. Salda added if BAPTC can­not ob­tain a man­age­ment to op­er­ate BAPTC, then it will still be man­aged by BSU.

Al­though the tran­si­tion is also be­ing ques­tioned, Ki­pas said farm­ers can­not do that, be­cause they are in the field.

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