Will Baguio Have Cleaner Air and Safer Roads Soon?
It's next in line for rehabilitation after Boracay, Palawan, and Bohol.
(SPOT.ph) Whether it’s to further enjoy the chilly December weather or to curb the summer heat, people often find themselves flocking to Baguio City in Benguet. The city is one of the top tourist spots in the country so it’s good news that the Department of Environment and Natural Resources is planning to focus on its rehabilitation after working on Boracay, Palawan, and Bohol. This is to address the city’s problems with traffic and to reinforce safety in “geo-hazardous” areas in the Summer Capital.
“Alam naman natin, karamihan ng soil sa Baguio eh saturated na po at fractured na rin po ‘yong kanyang mga rocks,” Environment Undersecretary Benny Antiporda said in a radio interview with GMA, saying that a study found 70% of Baguio’s soil geo-hazardous. According to him, the government is keen on avoiding tragedies like the collapse of Hyatt Terraces Baguio Hotel, which killed dozens of people in the 1990 earthquake.
The department is also looking for ways to decongest the city’s road networks, Antiporda said, but he noted that road expansions would be difficult to implement due to the mountain’s natural structure. He also mentioned that the national government will be looking into the possibility of deploying e-vehicles in the area to lessen air pollution.
Unlike with Boracay’s rehabilitation efforts, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) will not be closing the city to tourists when it goes under rehabilitation, DENR Secretary Roy Cimatu said in a press conference in October.