November 29, 2022

Another destination in La Trinidad was launched last week.

Called “Warrior’s Nest,” the nature park located within the Puguis communal forest offers a respite to residents who want to breathe fresh air.

The park features an obstacle course, children’s swings, seesaw, benches, view deck, and picnic area.

Benguet Provincial Mobile Force Company (PMFC) 2 commander, Lt/Col. Benson Macli-ing said use of the area was made possible with the help of stakeholders from the provincial and municipal government units.

“I had confidence in building the Warrior’s Nest because of the assistance of local officials and staff of the municipal and provincial offices,” Macli-ing said.

He said the park is created with people of La Trinidad in mind, for them and their children to enjoy the communal forest.

Originally, the adopted area which is 8,982 square meters was proposed to be a training area for the police, so they could also act as guardians of the area. But the PMFC turned it into a nature park for the residents, with some parts of the adopted area remaining as training ground for the police.

This is to continually beef up the security of the communal forest, which is being guarded by four bantay gubat under the Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Office.

Macli-ing said his personnel are monitoring the area regularly, especially when the nature park will open to the public.

To protect the communal forest from illegal settlers, the LGU has encouraged the adoption by agencies and groups of portions of the forest for protection and preservation.

Mayor Romeo Salda lauded the leadership of Macli-ing for leading the PMFC in developing its adopted area into a park.

“The younger generation would appreciate what we’ve done to protect and preserve the forest for them to enjoy, and in turn, they would do the same also for the next generation,” Salda said. – Ofelia C. Empian