City official says city calls the shots in Gov Pack dev’t
City Planning Officer Donna Tabangin assured the city council that the city government will take the lead in the redevelopment of prime lots under OCT 1 including Gov. Pack Road where a multi-modal transport terminal will be built.
The project will be under a public-private partnership.
During the regular session of the city councol last Monday, Councilor Mylen Yaranon expressed her concern over the possibility of another private company insisting on how the project will be done.
She mentioned the case of the Baguio City Public Market where the master development plan prepared by the city government’s technical working group was disregarded to give way to the proposed design prepared by a private company.
Tabangin said it should be the city calling the shots, not the city government’s private partners.
“It is not the private companies that would tell us what is supposed to be done in our city. That is why we are preparing all these development plans,” Tabangin said.
Aside from the proposed multi-modal transport terminal, the development plan for the project at Gov. Pack Road includes the construction of an enterprise structure which will house different businesses.
A memorandum of agreement will be forged with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources for the project.
After the MOA, a feasibility study will be conducted which will serve as the basis of interested private companies in drafting their proposals.
The proposed development at Gov. Pack Road is one of the incoming major projects of the city government.
Other incoming development projects are: construction of a parking-cum-commercial structure at Wright Park; reclamation and development of Baden Powell Inn; redevelopment of Session Road sidewalk as part of the green walks initiative of the city; joint venture with the Human Settlements Development Corporation for the conservation of the Maharlika Livelihood Center; widening of the city market pedestrian road; and redevelopment of Burnham Park. – Jordan G. Habbiling