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‘Impractical to return mgmt of Burnham Park to TIEZA’
by Rimaliza A. Opiña

The management of Burnham Park should remain with the city government of Baguio.

Mayor Mauricio Domogan stressed this in reaction to a proposal at the city council suggesting for the city government to return management of the park to the national government.

Councilor Edgar Avila said the city failed to properly manage the park.

Domogan said the city council should carefully study the proposal, saying there is no guarantee that Burnham Park will become better if its management is returned to the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority.

He said when the city government asked from the Tieza to turn over the park to the LGU, the national government should have allotted a subsidy for the park’s maintenance.

The present situation, however, is the city government earns a meager income from shops located around the park and the rest of the funds needed for its maintenance is subsidized by the LGU.

“Just for the complete maintenance of the park, at least P42 million (annually) is needed. The city only earns around P18M from the businesses around it. That’s why Burnham Park is heavily subsidized by the LGU,” Domogan said in his weekly news briefing, Wednesday.

“Whatever Tieza does with Burnham (especially if adverse), it will always be the city officials who will be blamed,” Domogan said.

Management, administration, and maintenance of Burnham and Sunshine Parks have been turned over to the city of Baguio by virtue of Executive Order 224 issued on Feb. 10, 1995 by then president Fidel V. Ramos.

EO 224 gave the city of Baguio full control, supervision, and discretion in the management including the award and regulations of all activities and concessions in the parks.

The Philippine Tourism Authority (now the Tieza) was also directed to continue to provide promotional support and technical assistance to the LGU for the further development of the parks.

Sec. 7 also mandated annual appropriations for the development of the parks from the national government shall continue.

Sec. 8  states that all revenues and collections from the operation of the parks shall accrue to the treasury of the city and shall be used solely for the management, maintenance, operation, and development of the parks.


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