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By: Jane T. Flores

From the usual Thursday menu of fish, meat (either chicken or pork/beef) and vegetables, Governor Francisco Emmanuel “Pacoy” R. Ortega III, Vice-Governor Aureo Augsuto Q. Nisce and all the Sangguniang Panlalawigan Members tried out with so much gusto an all plant-based dish for lunch during its first out-of-office session and its 84th Regular Session at Lotus Valley at Barangay Dasay, San Juan, La Union.

La Union officials got to experience a fresh forest cool breeze (fresh from last night’s rain), breath-taking and informative tour around the biodiverse-agro-forest farm of Mr. Tobee Tamayo. He showed the variety of plants, trees including the varieties of bamboos grown in the farm and its beautiful lotus plants and flowers. The cottages, whose materials except for the nails and cement were all sourced from the farm. The designs of the cottages were made to stand all-weather even the strongest winds from typhoons and allow natural light penetration and air circulation, thus it requires minimum use of electricity. “You don’t plant a tree, you plant a forest…,” Mr. Tamayo stressed as he passionately narrated to the PGLU officials his struggles with the local farmers in developing the 8.5 hectare property which he acquired in 2007.

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