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Expansion of vegetable gardens alarms DENR

AN ILLEGAL road construction into the Mount Santo Tomas watershed requires massive excavation work that cleared a section of the Cabuyap forest and which may have contaminated four water sources of Baguio Water District, when loosened soil fell into natural springs and a creek. Richard Balonglong/INQUIRER NORTHERN LUZON

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is looking into the impact of gardens planted with salad vegetables that have sprouted over the years around the Mount Santo Tomas watershed in Tuba town.

Posted: June 16th, 2014 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Before chop suey were ‘veggie kings’

HIGHLAND GREENS FOR THE LOWLAND. Vegetables grown in Benguet are shipped to various markets in Metro Manila and other provinces no matter how bad the weather gets. Chinese migrants, who built Kennon Road during the American colonial rule, introduced vegetable-growing to Benguet farmers. Salad vegetables have become the province’s most lucrative commodity. EV ESPIRITU/INQUIRER NORTHERN LUZON

After a long stint abroad either as overseas workers or migrants, among the first things Baguio City residents would seek when returning home to the summer capital is chop suey, a mixed vegetable dish the Chinese popularized.   Most visitors from Metro Manila and elsewhere would also not miss bringing home “gulay Baguio” after their [...]

Posted: February 4th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

Frost no reason for veggie price hikes–gov’t

ATOK farmers race to peel off lettuce leaves that were covered in frost on Jan. 2, which struck at dawn. Frost is a seasonal phenomenon for the coldest towns in Benguet. KIMBERLIE QUITASOL/INQUIRER NORTHERN LUZON

Gov. Nestor Fongwan has urged businessmen not to take advantage of reports on the impact of frost on Benguet farms by increasing prices of upland vegetables.

Posted: January 8th, 2014 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Benguet frost welcomed by visitors, hated by tillers

FROST has blanketed sections of Atok town in Benguet province once again, but it’s a seasonal phenomenon for which most vegetable farmers are prepared. Atok and other upland towns become far colder than Baguio City between December to February each year. GLADYS MAXIMO/CONTRIBUTOR

Old-timers in this city and tourists welcome the steady drop in temperature as it provides them with their closest version of winter in a tropical country.

Posted: January 6th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Frost in Benguet won’t affect vegetable supply – DA

Frost has blanketed sections of Atok town in Benguet once again, but it’s a seasonal phenomenon that most vegetable farmers are prepared for. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO / GLADYS MAXIMO

The Department of Agriculture (DA) on Sunday allayed fears that the freezing of vegetables in Benguet would affect Metro Manila’s vegetable supply.

Posted: January 5th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »