DOT Secretary Bernadette Romulo – Puyat, DILG Secretary Eduardo Año and DENR Assistant Secretary Jesus Enrico Moises Salazar, representing Secretary Roy Cimatu, affirmed their department’s support during the briefing for the Baguio City Development Updates at the Mansion House, here.
Puyat outlined that supporting the rehabilitation of Baguio is in line with the current thrust of President Rodrigo Duterte of promoting sustainable tourism. This is in convergence with the DENR and DILG for such effort.
“We want to encourage everyone to save our spots, instilling the culture of responsible tourism and greater concern for the environment,” Puyat stressed.
Puyat disclosed that DOT through the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA) will be funding P480 million for the rehabilitation of Burnham Park, and are also looking into the upgrading of the city’s sewerage system.
“This is just the beginning. In the future months, we hope that more sustainable tourism development plans will be threshed out and implemented so that the city of Baguio can establish itself as another shining beacon of sustainable development while capturing its former glory,” she added.
Año, in affirming the DILG’s full support to the city government of Baguio’s rehabilitation initiative, also outlined the importance of convergence, which is why with DOT and DENR they are in Baguio to determine ways how the national government can help.
He also called on the local residents and tourists to help in such efforts and through unity and cooperation, all together can ensure peaceful, safe and progressive communities.
Cimatu, in a message delivered by Salazar, assured DENR’s full support and willingness to help address the major environmental concerns of Baguio, as he also called for convergence in ensuring clean air, clean water, ecological solid waste management, increase forest cover and to improve the city’s resilience to the hazards of climate change.
DENR and the City Government of Baguio are already working for the conversion of the former Irisan dumpsite into an eco park.
For the briefing, NEDA Regional Director Milagros Rimando presented the BLISTT (Baguio – La Trinidad – Itogon – Sablan – Tuba – Tublay) Development Concept and the highlight of the Baguio Carrying Capacity Research they have commissioned.
The City Planning Office also gave a backgrounder of Baguio and the city’s land use plan while Mayor Magalong gave a briefing on Baguio’s development and rehabilitation plans.
Magalong expressed the city government and the people of Baguio’s gratitude to the Cabinet officials for giving their time to attend the briefing, for their cooperation and on listening to the city’s rehabilitation needs and plans.
“With national leaders on our side, we are certainly assured of a rehabilitation process that respects all local interest, respect our people, respect for human rights and actively involving in restoring Baguio’s glory from a clear vision of progress sustained by unwavering cooperation with each other,” Magalong stressed.
Baguio Congressman Mark Go also called on the people of Baguio to also take the lead in the redevelopment of the city and as he assured legislative support. He is pushing for a long term strategic development plan that will also include the BLISTT area (JDP/CCD-PIA CAR)
By Carlito C. Dar