“Only Next TO Palawan, Bohol, Siargao, Puerto Galera”

No Finality Yet On Baguio’s Rehabilitation

by Artemio A. Dumlao

BAGUIO CITY (December 12, 2018) — There is no finality yet in the plan to rehabilitate Baguio City, environment undersecretary Benny Antiporda clarified amidst fears of the city’s closure in the coming days.

Antiporda quoted earlier declaring Baguio City is next after Boracay indicated, “actually wala pang finality yung baguio pero isa sya sa tinitignan na aaksiyunan.”

The environment official instead hinted that after Palawan, Bohol is next followed by Siargao and Puerto Galera. “Then naka linya na rin yung Baguio.”

Baguio City mayor Mauricio Domogan on Tuesday questioned the propriety of “closing down” Baguio in the name of rehabilitation posing problems it would bring to the city’s population, mostly relying on tourism.

Domogan though admitted there are issues on Baguio’s environment, traffic and congestion but “it is not as bad as Boracay”. The local government, the city official maintained, is seeing to it that measures are being undertaken to mitigate the darn effects of urbanization of the mountain enclave built more than a hundred years ago for 25,000 people.

Baguio City now has a daytime population of 400,000, bringing in more-than-life problems including traffic congestion.

Undersecretary Antiporda still poised issues like geological hazards, solid waste management, water and air quality concerns being monitored by the environment department as main reasons behind the plan for Baguio City’s upkeep.***Artemio A. Dumlao***