Issue of July 9, 2017
Mt. Province

69th Courier Anniversary Issue
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Stricter adopt–a–park program rules proposed
by Danna De Guzman

Private sectors interested in adopting parks in Baguio may soon follow a new set of rules as a proposed ordinance focused on setting stricter guidelines was approved on first reading by the city council during its July 3 regular session.

The proposed ordinance penned by Councilor Elaine Sembrano set criteria for qualification as an adopter  and grounds for violation which may lead to the cancellation of park adoption.

In her proposed ordinance, Sembrano said the city government of Baguio must accredit an interested private sector with majority officers as registered citizens of the city while the group is registered in regulatory agencies, and in existence for at least two years.

It also requires park adopters to pass a letter of intent with other documents such as their latest financial statement, a certificate of budget allocation, a park enhancement plan, and an endorsement from the barangay council where the adopted park is located.

Violations include failure in carrying out and doing unauthorized alterations to the park enhancement plan, use of the park for commercial uses, toleration of any illegal acts done within the park, and any acts that affect the enjoyment of the public when using parks.

At present, the City Environment and Parks Management Office only requires a letter of intent and a memorandum of agreement from private sectors in the process of park adoption.

After the adoption, the association or organization can then temporarily set up a signage and help in the maintenance and beautification of the park, according to Art Killip of Cepmo.

He said the current guidelines are still in general terms and not clearly set, leaving them to insist and rely on the commitment of the park adopter.

Cepmo has observed some park adopters leaving their parks unmonitored and unmaintained, and losing enthusiasm in coordinating with the office after adopting portions of a park. The proposed set of guidelines will allow the office to know whom to trust for park adoption.

The Adopt-A-Park program was implemented in 2011 to foster a public-private partnership in maintaining and beautifying of parks in the city.

Most universities, foreign communities, and civic organizations are current adopters of different parks within the city.

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