Issue of October 7, 2018
     
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Elders thumb down request for parking area at Burnham
by Jane B. Cadalig

Not even among the elders.

A request by a senior citizen who sat as a city councilor on Oct. 1 for the city government to put up a parking facility within the Burnham Park complex has failed to get the support of her colleagues.

The motion of Senior Citizen Official-for-a-Day (Scofad) councilor Maria Fatima Pacis was lost when the body voted on the approval of Resolution 10-18, which asked the city government to consider the possibility of establishing a parking facility at Burnham.

Seven of the 14 elders who sat as councilors voted for the approval of the resolution. One vote was needed for the motion to have been approved.

Pacis said her proposal was anchored on the tourists’ need for a parking facility, which she said is wanting, especially when Baguio hosts crowd-drawing events like the Flower Festival.

Kulang ang parking area for tourists especially when there are events in the city. While it’s true that tourists can park their cars along the roads, it is better if they are assured that their vehicles are secured,” Pacis said.

In her resolution, Pacis identified the back of Baguio City High School as the site of a parking facility. This, she said, was upon the recommendation of technical people whom she consulted so that the aesthetic beauty of Burnham Park will be preserved.

“In my consultation with technical people, I was informed that the best area in which a parking facility can be put up in Burnham is the site behind the BCHS because it will not destroy the view of Burnham Park,” she said.

She, however, said that her colleagues might have gotten her proposal wrong as they might have thought that the area referred to in her proposal was “in the middle of Burnham Park.”

“When we talk about establishing a parking facility at Burnham, what the people have in mind is that it will be built in the middle of Burnham Park, which is not the case in my proposal,” Pacis said.

Although her motion was lost, Pacis said she respected the decision of her colleagues.

“It’s fine with me even if they did not agree with my proposal,” she said.

The resolution nonetheless was referred to the appropriate committee of the city council for deliberation and recommendation.

Pacis is one of the senior citizens who sat as a city councilor for-a-day, a program designed to give the elders one day to serve as public servants.

The Scofad is one of the activities lined up in celebration of the Elderly Month in October in recognition of the senior citizens’ role in nation building.


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