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Sablan promotes view deck as newest spot
by Dionisio Dennis, Jr. / PIA

SABLAN, Benguet – The municipal government is giving tourists and travelers who come to Baguio through Ilocos and La Union provinces an alternative attraction that will also boost the sales of locally produced products.

Councilor Romulo Polon, chair of the municipal council tourism committee, said that local hand-crafted products such as bags will be exclusively sold at the view deck in Barangay Banangan, which provides a view of the sunset at Poro Point in La Union and the snake-like river from the Cordillera that drains to the Pacific Ocean.

The newly established view deck is about 30 minutes away from Baguio City.

“There are Sablan-made products on display like bags made of local vines and recyclable materials, native woven items, fruits, and fruit derivatives like wine, and the broom grown and made in Sablan,” Polon said, referring to the pasalubong center near the area.

He said there will be more products to be displayed and sold there, probably including a freshly brewed Benguet coffee that one can sip while looking at the view and feeling the cold breeze, to add to the experience of those who stop over at the view deck.

Soon, they will also include the products of the seven other villages of the town. A tourism information center will also rise at the place, Polon said.

“Sablan is Benguet province’s fruit basket, producing several fruits on different seasons,” Polon said.

Polon said they are creating a system and are talking with the local producers for the possibility of selling Sablan products at cheaper prices compared to those sold in other markets because the government provided the space for free for its people and as a tourist come-on.

Five years in the making due to lack of budget, the pasalubong center was opened on July 23, with the provincial government providing P700,000 for the completion of the comfort room and P650,000 for the pasalubong center.

The council has also passed a resolution asking for additional funds to further improve the place.


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