Former City Hall smoking area to be transformed into park
The construction of the Smoke-Free Park at a side lot that used to be a smoking area at City Hall will soon commence.
Smoke-Free Baguio Task Force Chair Mayor Benjamin Magalong and city council committee on health chair Councilor Betty Lourdes Tabanda led the groundbreaking ceremonies for the project on Jan. 23.
Both officials stressed the significance of the project, which symbolizes the city’s mission to effect a behavioral change among smokers towards embracing a smoke-free and therefore a healthy lifestyle.
“This park will serve as a monument to signify the importance of choosing to be healthy by freeing yourself from the bondage of smoking,” the mayor said.
The patch of land located across the Baguio Central School was adopted last year by the task force for development and maintenance under the adopt-a-park program of the City Environment and Parks Management Office.
The Cepmo designed the proposed park.
City Health Officer Rowena Galpo and Tobacco Control Officer Donnabel Panes said the selection of the former smoking site is symbolic of the city’s mission to curb the smoking problem en route to making the city totally smoke-free.
They said it is doubly significant considering that the area is also a stone’s throw away from two of the city’s biggest elementary schools where students usually pass en route to their schools. – Aileen P. Refuerzo