Manila, Jan. 5 -- The Senate's government corporations and public enterprises committee on Friday conducted a public hearing on the proposed creation of the Baguio, La Trinidad, Itogon, Sablan, Tuba and Tublay Development Authority (BLISTTDA), which the Department of Tourism (DOT) sees as an opportunity to come up with a sustainable plan covering Baguio and its adjacent towns.

"The quality of life is the purpose of this bill, the common good," committee chair, Senator Richard Gordon, said during the public hearing.

Gordon said they would need to re-draft Senate Bill No. 1692, or an act creating BLISTTDA, after the public consultation.

BLISTT refers to the towns immediately surrounding Baguio City -- Benguet's capital town La Trinidad, th...