December 5, 2022

There will be no celebration for this year’s foundation day of La Trinidad, Benguet as the capital town is still under modified enhanced community quarantine.

Mayor Romeo Salda said the municipality has decided to forego the community-wide celebration including the conduct of rituals for the 71st foundation day on June 16.

“There are no gatherings allowed during MECQ, so we had to set an example. Many permits for gathering were not allowed,” Salda said.

Malacañang has declared June 16 as a special non-working day for the municipality to pave the way for the observance of its foundation anniversary.

“It is but fitting and proper that the people of La Trinidad be given full opportunity to celebrate and participate in the occasion with appropriate ceremonies, subject to community quarantine, social distancing, and other public health measures,” the Malacañang proclamation stated.

Salda said a clean-up drive and walk through would be conducted by town officials and limited employees at the Puguis communal forest on June 16.

Last year, the municipality, which was also under MECQ, did not push through with its proposed lineup of activities for the 70th founding day due to the pandemic.

The mayor asked the community to continue working together as one especially in actively participating in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.

The municipality usually celebrates its founding day with the conduct of a civic parade, ecumenical service and a thanksgiving ritual, which was followed by the program proper. – Ofelia C. Empian