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Acting mayor forms group for green bldg, urban gardening
by Jho Arranz / PIO

Acting Mayor Edison Bilog recently formed the Green Building and Urban Gardening Committee through Administrative Order 154.

The committee will be chaired by City Buildings Officer Nazita Bañez with members from the City Environment and Parks Management Office; City Administrator’s Office; City Engineering Office; City Planning and Development Office; representatives from the local finance committee, an accredited organization of architects, an accredited organization of civil engineers, a duly recognized environmental organization, and a duly recognized urban planner.

Bilog said the committee will come up with minimum standards and specifications as  requirements for new buildings subject to the approval of the city council; screen, evaluate applications, and certify green buildings; monitor compliance of building owners with green building accreditation; formulate and recommend to the city council incentives under Article 8, Section 44 of the Environmental Code including its continuance or discontinuance based on the approved criteria;

Evaluate existing and related programs of the city to be harmonized with the Environmental Code; promote green buildings in new constructions and recommend buildings with historical, aesthetic, and architectural value for retrofitting following the local green building framework; and help the city showcase green building concepts in its own building designs and projects.

“The City of Baguio adopts internationally accepted standards for green engineering and architecture to bolster its citizens’ right to a balanced and healthy ecology. It promotes and encourages the following benchmarks in the location, design, building, renovation, retrofitting, conversion, operation, maintenance, and demolition of structure within its jurisdiction.”

“It is also a policy of the city to adopt programs that would promote community-based organic agriculture/gardening systems, which includes the sustainable production of organic fertilizers. The city also encourages organic agricultural production in every household to help attain food security.

The city also recognizes urban organic gardens devoted to flowering and ornamental plants, which enhance the environmental and tourism value of the city to include vertical/roof garden, hydroponics, pot gardens, and backyard gardens,” the order stated. 


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