BAGUIO CITY, Mar. 3 (PIA) - - The Department of Tourism abd its partners formally launched project “Puraw” or the White Roofs Community Painting Project for Quirino Hill here on Saturday, February 25.
Spearheading the launching ceremony abd memorandum of agreement signing lwere DOT officials headed by Undersecretary Alma Jimenez and DOT Cordillera Regional Director Venus Tan, Department of Environment and Natural Resources Regional Director Ralph Pablo, city officials headed by Mayor Maurico Domogan and Congressman Mark Go, and Boysen Philippines Vice - President for Marketing Ruben Cueto. Officials of the involved community barangays were also present.
Project “Puraw (an Ilocano term for white)” is part of DOT’s REV – BLOOM, an urban tourism redevelopment program and awareness campaign that aims to rev – up, revive, re – visit and revitalize potential destinations in Baguio and nearby Benguet towns.
Through the Boysen paints, the roof of the houses in Quirino Hill numbering to about 1,500 will be painted white to give the community a cool color. A touched of green paint will also be used to give an artistic look to the community.
Tan explained that project “Puraw” will not only make Quirino Hill a tourist attraction but it will be the first climate change – adaptive community in the country. The white paint she said will help protect the eco –system in the area as it will also reduce the effect of heat brought by global warming.
Cueto said the painting of the houses in Quirino Hill will start this month. Project Puraw is the second community painting project of DOT under REV – BLOOM, an initiative of Tan. The first is the giant art mural for the community of STOBOSA in Km. 3 in nearby La Trinidad, Benguet. (JDP/CCD with E. Sison – PIACAR/SLU Intern)