Awesome Abra. Colorful and cheerful dancers during the Abra Kawayan Festival Street Dancing Competition that opening day of the March 5 to 9 Abra Kawayan Festival 2020. All 27 municipalities of Abra send in contingents for the competition. (Carlito Dar/PIA CAR)

Educational assistance. OWWA - CAR Regional Director Manuela Peña and OWWA Deputy Administrator Esther Margaux Uson posts with beneficiaries of Tuloy Aral Program, an educational grant for dependents of OFWs who experienced difficult circumstances to ensure that their schooling in public elementary and high schools will continue. The awarding was part of the Reaching Out to OWWA members and beneficiaries at Hotel Supreme, march 10. (Carlito Dar/PIA CAR)

Outstanding Women Leaders. Baguio City Mayor Benjamin magalong administers the oath taking of the Outstanding Women Leaders (OWLs) Inc new set of officials, namely: President - Emerita Fuerte, VP - Jennifer Mejia, Secretary: Mary Ann Tresmanio, Treasurer - Maria Christine Ponce Garcia, PRO - Maria Victoria Bugasto, Business Managers - Mila Lingbawan Singson & Jocelyn Mariano and Board of Advisers - Marlene Baltazar De Castro, Patricia Ann Gallardo Marcelo, Perlita Chan Rondez, Leah Fariñas & Imelda DC Bisnar. The City Officials and OWLS also lead the launching of the Kababaihan Festival 2020 during the Flag Raising Ceremony, Monday March 3. (CCD/PIA CAR)

Awesome Abra. Colorful and cheerful dancers during the Abra Kawayan Festival Street Dancing Competition that opening day of the March 5 to 9 Abra Kawayan Festival 2020. All 27 municipalities of Abra send in contingents for the competition. (Carlito Dar/PIA CAR)

United Front vs COVID. DOH - CAR OIC Regional Director Dr. Amelita Pangilinan affirms that as of March 13, Cordillera remains zero or no confirmed case of COVID - 19 and there are 12 Person Under Investigation that are admitted to various health facilities, wherein four of the already tested negative. She also calls for public cooperation, as she assured that DOH, along with their partner government agencies and hospitals are ready to respond to any eventuality. (Carlito Dar/PIA CAR)

It’s a go for Baguio redevelopment

BAGUIO CITY—Barely six months in office, Mayor Benjamin Magalong bared on Thursday redevelopment projects for Baguio for 2020 that would include a cable car system linking the city with La Union province and the towns of Tuba and La Trinidad in Benguet province.


Burnham Park in Baguio City

IN THE OFFING The Burnham Park in Baguio City will undergo rehabilitation as the local government bats for a major overhaul of public infrastructure and popular tourist spots. —EV ESPIRITU

The first projects would fix the city’s sewage system and overhaul the century-old Burnham Park, Magalong said, adding that these would be launched between January and March using funds from various tourism agencies.

He said big developers had offered to build a new Baguio public market while transport firms had presented their unsolicited engineering plans to develop new bus terminals outside the downtown area.

These projects would be presented in the second week of January to Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat, Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu and Interior Secretary Eduardo Año.


Once these projects were completed, it would increase Baguio revenues, Magalong assured city officials.

While Baguio is suffering from urban problems attributed to overcrowding, its impact on neighboring towns is ultimately what most of these projects aim to solve, Magalong earlier told a forum organized by the Department of Tourism (DOT).He cited as an example the city’s outdated sewage system that had been contributing to the pollution of rivers.


Sense of urgency

“Bued River [which joins the La Union river system via Kennon Road] has a coliform level of 380 billion mpn (most probable number) per 100 milliliter. Balili River [which discharges into La Trinidad where strawberries are grown] has 1.6 trillion mpn/ml,” he said.“We look at these things with a sense of urgency. It has nothing to do with politics … All our projects to address these environmental issues are strategic. We are looking at 50 years from now. We determined what would happen if we do not act now,” he said.

Magalong said the city’s P2.2-billion budget for 2020 would not be enough to shoulder the cost of improving or modernizing its public infrastructure.

The DOT, he said, promised to spend P500 million for repairing and upgrading the se­wage system.

Tourism Undersecretary Arturo Boncato Jr., who spoke at the forum, said the agency had been funneling resources into repairing the sewage systems of top tourist destinations following the rehabilitation of Boracay Island in Aklan province.

Burnham, Mines View parks

The Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (Tieza) had authorized Magalong to start bidding out the rehabilitation project for Burnham Park, a popular tourist destination, for which it allocated P400 million.

Magalong also said the DOT and the Tieza had expressed interest in bankrolling a P317-million rehabilitation of Mines View Park, another popular destination.

He said private developers had also proposed the construction of an integrated transport terminal system that would link a northbound transport hub with southbound and westbound vehicle terminals.

The city government is reviewing plans for a cable car system that will be financed by the Department of Transportation, which is piloting a low carbon urban transport system in Baguio.

The pilot projects include monorails, air quality programs, sophisticated pedestrian walkways and modern jeepneys suited for Baguio terrain.

By: Vincent Cabreza - Reporter / @Inquirer_Baguio




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