After Boracay, Palawan rehab, Baguio City is next!

After Boracay, Palawan rehab, Baguio City is next!

About time!!!

Mayor Benjie Magalong with his leadership and political will is the perfect leader that can make Baguio great again.

Following the major rehabilitation of Boracay island, and the ongoing rehab of some of Palawan’s island tourist spots, the government now turns its head to the so-called summer capital of the country.

Quirino hill in Baguio City
(photo credit to owner)

With full of Political will, Mayor Magalong has prohibited the cutting of trees and ordered a stop to all new construction of homes and office buildings as he sets out to turn Baguio into a “smart city,” this according to Department of Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat.

Some of the plans for the city of Pines will be for the relocation of some private homes that have been built along the slopes, to new developments being planned in the outskirts of the city and neighboring municipalities, Puyat said.

In an interview the DOT Secretary reveals that next year detailed discussion will be done with Baguio government, the Department of Tourism (DOT), Department of Environment and Natural Resources and other agencies involved in the revival of the country’s top travel destinations.
“Mayor Magalong already told us that he has prohibited cutting of trees, no more new buildings,” Puyat said.

Puyat reveals that Mayor Magalong had given assurance that Burnham Park at the heart of the city would not be converted into a parking lot, as proposed by the previous city administration.

“We have given him P400 million to rehabilitate Burnham Park,” Puyat said, with the money to be used to install more lights, improve sanitation and develop pedestrian areas.

Last year, Baguio city became the first city in the country to be included in the Creative Cities Network of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
Sec. Puyat wants to build on this, highlighting the unique artistry and culture of the Cordilleras and reviving the landmarks of Baguio such as its popular public market, Burnham Park, Mines View Park and the cathedral at the top of now overcrowded Session Road.

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