Issue of March 11, 2018
     
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‘Mishandling’ traditional activities of Panagbenga
NAME WITHHELD, Baguio City

This has reference to recent editorials of the Baguio Midland Courier about the power struggle and alleged lack of transparency and lack of expertise in the management of the Baguio Blooms Exposition and Session Road in Bloom (SRB).

We could not agree more with the observations that Panagbenga activities, more importantly the traditional events, are best handled by the experts sans politicians dipping their fingers into these activities.

What are the credentials of officials wanting to have a part in managing the traditional events of the Panagbenga other than them being in the halls of power? It has been observed that there is a strong interest from some city hall officials to be part of the income-genera-ting events of the festival but not in other big activities such as the grand street dancing and the parade of floats, which are the highlights of the event.

At the Baguio Blooms Exposition, it was reported that there was overpricing of stall rentals; there were excess stalls and the setting up of a carnival rides at Burnham Park violated a  policy. If not for public vigilance, the request for the carnival rides to be extended beyond March 4 could have been approved.

The public is also wondering why the SRB has been delegated to three organizers namely the Hotel and Restaurant Association of Baguio, which managed stalls from the Session Road rotunda up to the corner of Mabini Street; the Liga ng mga Barangay, which managed stalls in arterial roads such as the Assumption Road, Calderon Street, and Perfecto Street; and the Philippine Councilors League, which managed stalls from the junction of Mabini Street to the foot of Session Road.

Based on reports, the Liga has been managing stalls along Perfecto Street but allegedly, funds were not audited and its area of operation has been expanding throughout the years.

This year, several observations about the SRB such as unorganized stalls, improper disposal of wastes, no proper directions on entry or exit points as some stalls were set up close to each other, and absence of trash receptacles, among others have been posted on various media platforms.

These issues were not widely observed when the SRB was under one management.

Other observations include the selling of fake or low quality products while in other stalls, regular inspection was conducted to ensure that products sold and services offered must pass standards that conform to international standards considering that Panagbenga is the only festival in the country registered with the International Festival and Events Association.

The other organizers have to learn the ropes of handling major activities of the Panagbenga, or part of it, as lack of expertise will taint the good image of the festival.

If these groups really want greater and better contributions, they must also offer to help in managing the other non-revenue generating affairs of the Panagbenga.

By now, the public has basis for comparison.

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