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Fund for survey and titling of parks & city cemetery sought
by Aileen P. Refuerzo / PIO

The city council has sought the inclusion of P2 million in the 2015 annual budget for the survey of the city cemetery and the various parks for titling purposes.

The body endorsed to Mayor Mauricio Domogan the proposed ordinance of Councilor Leandro Yangot Jr. “Appropriating the amount of P2M to be incorporated in the city budget for 2015 for the conduct of survey and other related activities for the city cemetery as well as the various city parks for the purpose of having these properties titled under the name of the city government of Baguio with the Special Patent Program of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.”

The city council committee on urban planning, lands, and housing recommended approval of the measure on second reading.

City Environment and Parks Management Officer Cordelia Lacsamana asked the city council to prioritize the proposal considering the urgency of having these areas titled under the city government.

She said the General Services Office has a similar proposal but it does not cover the cemetery and the parks.

“It is for this reason that the proposed ordinance is requested to be a priority program,” Lacsamana said.

Yangot, in his proposal, said section 4 of Republic Act 10023 or “An act authorizing the issuance of free patents to residential lands” allows the issuance of special patents under the name of the local government for “public land actually occupied and used for public schools, municipal halls, public plazas or parks and other government institutions for public use or purpose, provided all lands titled under this section shall not be disposed of unless sanctioned by Congress if owned by the national agency or sanctioned by the sanggunian concerned through an ordinance if owned by the LGU.”

He said the city cemetery and other parks are covered by proclamation decrees with some dating way back in the 1920s, particularly the Baguio City Cemetery by Proclamation 152, s. 1928 covering 9.48 hectares and Proclamation 285 (Brillantes lot) covering 4, 549 square meters; City Hall grounds by Proclamation 62, s. 1925, covering19.687 has.; Mines View by Proclamation 572, s. 1959, covering 21.731 has.; Panagbenga Park by Executive Order 1907 and Proclamation 198, covering 1,850 sq. m.; Bayan Park, which is designated green belt area in the final designation of Workingmen’s Village site, Aurora Hill, 2.373 has.; Botanical Garden, Parcel 2 by Proclamation 10 s. 1924, covering 15. 525 has.; Wright Park Parcel 3 by Proclamation 10, s. 1924, covering 8.25 has.; and Burnham Park, proclamation by Gov. Gen. Leonard Wood on Aug. 6 1925, covering 32.839 has.

“While these city properties are covered by proclamations and other issuances, these lands are not yet titled under the city government of Baguio. Titling these properties under the city government is very much necessary for its protection and to delineate technical boundaries, determine actual area, and determine actual size, coverage, and limits,” Yangot said.


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