By MAY ANN R. AGCAOILI
LA TRINIDAD, Benguet — Most of the associations in the current trading post raised economic concerns regarding the proposed Agri- Pinoy trading center particularly regarding the new trading post.
Mayor Greg Abalos said that if the Agri-Pinoy trading center can accommodate all the ,traders, disposers and truckers most probably, there will be a transition. The existing trading post will just be a retailing area for vegetables and fruits which trading post associations reacted upon.
In an interview, Evelyn Buccat, officer of Cordillera Trading Post Traders Association (CTPTA) said her disapproval of the Agri-Pinoy Trading Center. “Maghahanap na lang kami ng ibang Trading Post baka mas mahal pa ang babayaran namin doon. Ang mga farmer naman matutuwa dahil mayroong post harvest facility doon,”she said.
According to Rey Docles, farmer, it is hard for them and for the buyers to adjust. He explained that they prefer to stay at the existing trading post due its proximity to the Business Central District.
Vice Chairman of Packers Association, Mary Bell Lusadan is against the transfer of the Trading Center because she feels that it will just increase the fees. She added that the existing trading post is nearer and more accessible than that of the the Agri- Pinoy.
“Okay lang naman sa amin na may bagong ipapatayong Trading Post. Ang tanong lang namin sa kanila(Government) ay kung papaano ba iyong pamamalakad,mas higher ba iyong rental ng stalls o may gagawin kaya sa mga gulay namin? At kung paano kami papasok doon,may requirements ba?”said Lorna Peloloc,(CTPTA) Manager.
However, Letty Tomas, cabbage disposer, said that if the government will oblige them to transfer,they will do so but if not, it’s better because the existing trading post is their comfort zone.
According to Corazon Baliqued,disposer, the idea is good but she is afraid that their profit will decrease and their retailers will be lost. She also said that the removal of middlemen in Agri-Pinoy project will just increase the rate of unemployment because in some ways they were able to help individuals who are not being helped by the government.
On the other hand there are those people who are looking on the brighter side of having a new trading post especially the packers and truckers.
The Disposers association officer, Edna Dionisio, pinpoints that building a new trading post is a good idea and it would be better if they will put up an outlet of vegetables to avoid congestion and to control the price. Norman Abaya, packer, said that the idea of having another trading post will lessen the congestion.
Rover Paiking, said that building a new trading post is a good idea as they have noticed the wish of farmers fora new and wide trading post and a wider space for parking vehicles that will minimize traffic.
On the other hand,truckers were relieved when they heard about the trading post. Herculano Cabante from Tarlac said that he was glad to know that they (Govenment and DA) will build a trading post in strawberry farm. “Maganda iyan para papalapit naman kami kasi ang hirap makapasok dito(trading post) kailangan pang magpark doon at kumuha ng number bago makapasok dito,he said.”# nordis.net