Issue of September 29, 2019
Mt. Province
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CEPMO ordered to establish nursery at BCC ‘tree park’
by Gaby B. Keith / PIO

Baguio Mayor Benjamin Magalong asserted anew the city government’s position of turning the wooded area in the middle of the Baguio Convention Center, University of the Philippines Baguio, a huge shopping mall and the Supreme Court compound into a “tree park.”

Magalong made the assertion during the executive-legislative meeting last week, as he stressed that the tree park is part and parcel of the city government’s 15-point core agenda and comprehensive plan of revitalizing and protecting the Summer Capital’s environment.

He also tasked the City Environment Parks and Management Office under Officer-in-Charge Moises Lozano to establish nurseries and grow thousands of tree saplings that will be donated by a private establishment.

The mayor said that the one-hectare “mini-forest” area has hundreds of pine trees and more than a dozen agoho trees planted by students in the 1970s before it became part of the Baguio Convention Center compound during Martial Law.

It was in 1978 when the national government under then president Ferdinand Marcos constructed the Baguio Convention Center as venue for the World Chess Championships between Russian grandmasters Anatoly Karpov and Viktor Korchnoi. 

The convention center and its compound has been under the administration of the Government Service Insurance System until the city government under former mayor Mauricio Domogan acquired the property in 2012.

The 10-million tree park conceptual plan prepared by the City Buildings and Architects Office under Engr.  Nazita Bañez features walkways, outdoor auditorium, seating areas, gardens, bike lanes, and other amenities.

Magalong said its implementation will be a collaboration between CBAO and GSIS whose board recently agreed to study the proposed plan, give their inputs, and possibly share in the plan’s budget requirements.

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