February 9, 2023

The Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) will segregate around 10,000 square meters within its property for national and city government offices to help in the city government’s efforts to decongest the central business district.

City Planning and Development Coordinator Arch. Dona R. Tabangin said technical personnel of the city are waiting for the results of the soil test earlier conducted in an identified area and the conformity by representatives of concerned government agencies on the designated locations of their buildings before the development plan is prepared.

She added the technical team is awaiting the decision of the Department of Justice representative to agree with the proposed location of the agency’s structure.

Mayor Benjamin Magalong initially requested the BCDA to identify 3,000 square meters within its property to serve as the permanent site for the Bureau of Fire Protection-Cordillera.

The city also requested BDCA to segregate another 3,000 square meters within Camp John Hay to host the separate structures of the Supreme Court and the DOJ as the city wants to use the present structure occupied by the Justice Hall as expansion area of the city hall building instead of pursuing the construction of the P800-million city hall annex building at the present site of the Baguio Fire Station.

The city also asked BCDA to allot 1,000 square meters for the city government’s command center and 2,500 square meters as requested by the Office of Civil Defense-Cordillera for its regional office building and evacuation center.

Tabangin said the city’s technical team will again meet with representatives of the different government offices to finalize the proposed sites of the structures in the BCDA property before also finalizing the development plan.

Magalong urged the concerned city government offices to fast-track talks on the location of the proposed government structures and the plan for the area for the sourcing out of funds.

He said the city will spare using the P800M for the proposed city hall annex building and instead work on the improvement of the existing city hall and the Justice Hall buildings to accommodate the increasing number of clients of the local government offices. – PIO release