La Trinidad Mayor Romeo Salda said he wants the academe and civil society groups to be formally included in the planning of the Strawberry Festival.
The Benguet politiko said the move will help improve the annual celebration.
But Salda said there will be a need to amend the Strawberry Festival ordinance.
Currently, only the mayor, vice mayor, the municipal council tourism chairperson, the municipal tourism council chairperson, and the municipal tourism officer are members of the festival’s executive committee.
“The academe has a lot of suggestion for the festival and it would be better if they would be officially involved so we could work hand-in-hand with them,” Salda said.
“As for now, the municipality would handle the events of the upcoming festival,” he added.