Welcome to the Salad Bowl of the Philippines! Benguet is located at the southern part of the Cordillera mountain range. It is bounded on the north by
Ilocos Sur and Mt. Province, on the east by Ifugao
and Nueva Vizcaya, on the south by Pangasinan, and on the west by
La Union. Terrain is mountainous. Temperature is cool and refreshing all year round. Rainy season starts from May until
November and sometimes up to December. It is accessible by land from all sides but the best way is either through the Marcos
Highway or through the Naguilian Road both coming from La Union. It is also accessible by air in good weather through
Loakan Airport in Baguio City. The interior can be reached through the Halsema Highway from which provincial roads
emanates leading to the different towns
People and Culture
Benguet Provincial Capitol
Two tribal groups dominate the population of Benguet: the Ibalois and the Kankanaeys, both are popularly known
as Igorots. In Baguio City, however, a mix of different cultural groups from all over the country and even from abroad
can be found.
Economic Profile, Products, and Industries
The rich natural resources, good governance by the local government, and the industry of its
population all combined to make Benguet one of the most economically progressive provinces in the country. Poverty incidence
stood at 11.1% in 2006 - the lowest in the Cordillera Region and the 5th lowest in the country.
Benguet is a major supplier of temperate vegetables, strawberry, and cutflowers. Other farm products
are as follows (figure in thousand metric tons in 2007, rank among 79 provinces)
Animal inventory of Benguet in 2007 are as follows (figure in thousands, rank among 79 provinces)
Benguet has a long history of mining activites which is a major source of employment for many people.
It has reserves of gold, copper, silver, and zinc. Manufacturing is concentrated in Baguio City. Two of the oldest dams in the
country, Ambuklao and Binga dams, are located here. There were 79 banks operating in Benguetas of 2007. Deposits totalled
28.5 billion pesos.
Food processing, metalworks, wood furniture and jewelry making are some of the business activities that can be
be further developed. Opportunities in information technology particularly business process outsourcing (BPO) is a sunrise
industry. Mushroom culture and canning is an interesting area to go into.
See List of the municipalities of Benguet Province
Tourist Spots /Places of Interest in Benguet Province
- Mt. Pulog - highest peak in Luzon, famous for mountaineers due to its lush vegetation.
- La Trinidad Valley - noted for its flower and strawberry plantations
- Kabayan mummified corpses
Panoramic view of Benguet mines in Itogon town
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