You May Soon See More Cars, Fewer Parks in Baguio City

There goes another one.


( Baguio City in Benguet is known for its chilly weather, a vast expanse of flower parks, and rows and rows of pine trees. Well, that's at least before the commercialization started to set in and malls appeared on what were formerly patches of green. It's even possible that this so-called progress will soon encroach on the most photographed Baguio destination—Burnham Park. This comes after city Councilors Benny Bomogao, Michael Lawana, and Faustino Olowan proposed a resolution requesting the construction of podium car parking in several areas in the city.


The resolution is titled "Requesting for the Construction of a Podium Car Parking in the City of Baguio, particularly at the area of Ganza, in between Orchidarium and the Children’s Park, Former Pantranco and the whole stretch of the City Library." The proposed measure claims that it will reduce the number of illegally parked vehicles on the road, provide a decent parking area for motor vehicles, and add income to the city’s treasury through the collected parking fees. It was filed by the three lawmakers in May, approved by the City Council on June 19, and was up for public hearing on August 1.



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Amid this legislation process, Baguio We Want Forum—a collective of concerned citizens and civil service organizations in Baguio City—set up an online petition that “puts on record [their] vigorous objection to the construction of any vehicle parking structure within the Burnham Park Reservation.” It reminds the public that this will pose a continuous threat to the shrinking green spaces in city. "The proposed podium car park in the area of Burnham Park is the anti-thesis of what park should be," it points out. The petition started on August 9 and has earned more than 6,000 signatures as of writing.


As that popular song by Joni Mitchell goes, “They paved paradise and put up a parking lot.” And, unfortunately, we’re seeing more and more parking lots every day.


To sign the petition, visit "NO to Podium Car Park in Baguio's Burnham Park!"



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