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Benguet ‘rose capital’ finds ways to keep blooming

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FARMERS from Bahong village in the Benguet town of La Trinidad harvest roses in time for Valentine’s week. Bahong and other villages in La Trinidad are famous for their rose production. EV ESPIRITU/INQUIRER NORTHERN LUZON

While most women look forward to receiving red roses this Valentine’s Day, Juliet Bentrez, a farmer in La Trinidad town in Benguet province, would rather receive chocolates.

Posted: February 16th, 2014 in Headlines,Inquirer Features | Read More »

DA exec recommends lobby to hike farm subsidy

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Fearful of the impact of free trade by 2015, Agriculture Undersecretary Segfredo Serrano and Benguet officials urged vegetable farmers last week to seek higher farm subsidies and strengthen the vegetable industry in the region.

Posted: November 25th, 2013 in Headlines | Read More »

Philex gets reprieve

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ON AUG. 1 last year, Tailings Storage Facility No. 3 of Philex Mining Corp. in Itogon, Benguet, leaked and spilled 20 million metric tons of silt into the Balog Creek and Agno River. As of late April, Philex officials said cleanup in the creek was 98-percent complete. RICHARD BALONGLONG

The Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) has allowed Philex Mining Corp. to operate the Padcal mine in Benguet beyond July 7 or when the four-month temporary resumption of operations ends following the breach of a tailings pond in August last year.

Posted: July 6th, 2013 in Latest Business Stories | Read More »

Prayers, labor nurture organic farming

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BERNADETTE Dawadeo, one of the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in Baguio City, mans the Mountain Grown Natural Food store of organic vegetables of La Top and food and beauty products near the Baguio Cathedral. PHOTO BY EV ESPIRITU/INQUIRER NORTHERN LUZON

In 2005, a group of Catholic nuns in Benguet chose to devote a portion of their prayer hours to till a vegetable farm in Tublay, Benguet. They did this to reach out to local farmers who were then engaged in the heavy use of pesticides.

Posted: June 8th, 2013 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Inquirer Features,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Calajo captures the heart and soul of Benguet

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Calajo is a popular restaurant in La Trinidad that has become a destination of locals and city folks alike. For husband-and-wife business tandem Danny and Eunice Wong, Calajo breathes new life to the popular tourist destination of Benguet.

Posted: May 27th, 2013 in Latest Business Stories | Read More »

Benguet LGUs want direct access to royalties

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The heads of several Benguet municipalities that host the country’s biggest mining firm want Congress to provide their communities with direct access to revenues derived from mining royalties.

Posted: March 22nd, 2013 in Editor's Pick,Headlines | Read More »

Benguet profits from season of love

JULIAN Cayat, 49, a gardener from Sitio Central, Barangay Bahong, checks out the fresh flowers at La Trinidad, Benguet.

Roses for Valentine’s Day and other flowers for the Baguio Flower Festival come from this province more known for its strawberries and vegetables.

Posted: February 9th, 2013 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Inquirer Features,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Temporary resumption of Padcal operations sought

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Listed gold and copper producer Philex Mining Corp. said on Wednesday that a temporary resumption of operations at its Padcal mine in Benguet was needed to keep the structural integrity of the mine’s tailings pond.

Posted: February 7th, 2013 in Latest Business Stories | Read More »

Philex vows to work with gov’t on Padcal

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A miner monitors quarrying operations at Philex Mining’s old open pit mine in Benguet. The P1-billion penalty paid by Philex Mining for the tailings spill that occurred at its Padcal mine site in August 2012 may have been “low,” according to Sen. Sergio Osmeña III. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Gold and copper producer Philex Mining Corp. promised to cooperate with the Mines and Geosciences Bureau of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, which ordered the company to pay the P1.03-billion fine for tailings leak at its mining site in Benguet.

Posted: January 18th, 2013 in Latest Business Stories | Read More »

Philex loses P1B appeal, ordered to settle penalty

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Philex Mining Corp.’s appeal has been denied and it is now ordered to settle P1 billion in penalties for having been found negligent in averting a mineral waste spill at its mining site in Benguet.

Posted: November 23rd, 2012 in Headlines | Read More »

Country’s first mine town should have been richest in PH

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MINERS toil near Antamok where the oldest mining firm operates. PHOTO BY EV ESPIRITU/INQUIRER NORTHERN LUZON

The Benguet town of Itogon will not strike most people as the richest in the country. Its paved, narrow roads lead to a quiet town center that is bereft of establishments and modern buildings expected from a wealthy community.

Posted: October 20th, 2012 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Inquirer Features,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Philex mulling over options on Padcal mining resumption

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Philex Mining Corp. is studying ways to restart operations at the Padcal copper-gold mine in Benguet, including reusing its existing tailings pond with a plugged drain and/or creating a new tailings dam, officials said.

Posted: October 12th, 2012 in Headlines | Read More »

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