Barangay Bagong in Sablan, Benguet was among the areas heavily affected during the onslaught of tropical storm Ondoy and typhoon Pepeng in 2009 which triggered flash floods leaving the community with damaged rice fields including several houses. This horrifying event had created fear among the residents that they would worry whenever they heard news about a strong typhoon barreling down on the region.With this, a flood control project was implemented at the area during the time of former Governor Nestor Fongwan Sr., which at least reduced the worries of the locals. But with several super typhoons that had been striking the region in the past few years, locals were still considering the further development of the flood control a need. Heeding the concerns of the constituents and to ensure their safety and protection, Governor Dr. Melchor Daguines Diclas allotted funds amounting to P2 million for the construction of a flood control as an extension of the existing one. The project has recently been implemented by the Provincial Engineering Office (PEO). Renato B. Pacheco, Brgy. Bagong chairperson, thanked Governor Diclas for the successful implementation of the project saying it will protect over 50 households in barangays Bagong and Balluay from flooding during heavy rains.
Driven by its mission: Ensure Improvement of Quality of Life in Benguet, the Province of Benguet obtained a human development index of 0.883 in 2009. The province of Benguet promises its constituents high age expectancy, accessible high caliber education and more than sufficient way of living. This, however, can't be achieved without the help of its people.
The cultural beliefs and innate characteristics of the people made it possible for them to strive and develop higher quality of life without destroying the cradle that they live in.