June 23, 2024

Despite focusing on the Covid-19 pandemic, the city government was able to pursue its development projects envisioned to catalyze the administration’s thrust for a better Baguio.
Mayor Benjamin Magalong said several “catalytic” projects which the city worked on in the past years despite the health crisis are scheduled to break ground this year while a number will be declared open for joint venture through the Public-Private Partnership program.
“We are not only focused on Covid-19 management but also on our recovery and this year will showcase how well our city will recover and build back to its original glory in many ways,” the mayor said.
He said the projects lined up for implementation were made possible through the assistance of the national government and officials and the city’s international partners.
Projects funded by the local government, national government, and others are expected to generate around 2,000 employments, he said.
These include the sports complex at the Baguio Athletic Bowl, which includes the rehabilitation of tennis court, outdoor archery range, swimming pool bleachers and office building, comfort rooms, coffee shop and storage areas and mini-conference room; construction of athletes’ quarters and isolation facility and outdoor facilities for wall climbing and skate park; development of Wright Park and Bayan Park; eco-park development and multi-level greenhouse at Botanical Garden; Green Walks projects and sidewalk rehabilitation; digital transformation center; second phase arboretum; Irisan barangay hall; and rehabilitation of the City Hall multipurpose hall and gym.
Lined up under PPP are the city market development; inter-modal transport facility; development of abattoir with cold storage facility; Mines View Park glass walk; cable car and elevated monorail; smart city mobility system.
One priority project being worked out is the sewerage system rehabilitation scheduled for bidding this year. – Aileen P. Refuerzo