Issue of February 3, 2019
     
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Environment safety nets assured in Baguio Blooms
by Aileen P. Refuerzo / PIA

Safety nets have been put in place to ensure the protection of the trees and prevent damage in the area surrounding the Skating Rink at Burnham Park in the conduct of the Baguio Blooms exposition and exhibition from Feb. 1 to March 10.

Mayor Mauricio Domogan said the Baguio Flower Festival Foundation Inc. (BFFFI) imposed rules and regulations for stallholders participating in the exhibition to protect the trees and the environs and ensure the security and upkeep of the area.

“The protection of the trees and the beauty of the park is also our concern, hence the trees are excluded where the stalls will stay. Any act that destroys or damages the beauty of the park by all means is not allowed,” the mayor said.

He said security personnel, street sweepers, garbage collectors are deployed in the area to ensure peace and order, cleanliness, and proper waste disposal.

The BFFFI organizing committee co-chaired by Councilor Elmer Datuin and Hotel and Restaurant Association of Baguio president Anthony De Leon said they also tapped the Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Cordillera to monitor the environmental condition and check on the compliance of the participants with the rules.

The mayor did not sign Resolution 19-19 of the city council, which disapproved the conduct of the Baguio Blooms at the Skating Rink for violating the Environment Code and the Trade Fair Ordinance of the city.

In his veto message dated Jan. 28, he said it does not violate the Environment Code and cited section 14 of Ordinance 18-16 which allows the temporary closure of the protected landscapes for events conducted in relation to institutionalized activities organized or co-sponsored by the city government.

The mayor also called out the city council on an old measure Resolution 11-A s. 2014 which clarified the legislative intent of the trade fair quoting:

“On the conduct of the ‘Market Encounter’ and ‘Session Road in Bloom’ in Burnham Park and Session Road, respectively during the celebration of Panagbenga 2014, the same is not covered by the Trade Fair ordinance as it is the city government conducting the same through the BFFI by virtue of a duly approved city council resolution.” 

On the share of the barangay or the Association of Barangay Council (ABC), the mayor said the traditional 20-stall allocation to the ABC will be retained with the proceeds of the 20 stalls out of 160 measuring four by three meters at the cost of P80,000 per stall will be given to the ABC.


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