June 14, 2024

The city government again commended the significant contributions of both private enterprises and government agencies to the Adopt-A-Park program during its flag-raising ceremony on April 1.

The Adopt-A-Park initiative, established through Ordinance 49, s. 2011 and supplemented by Ordinance 110, s. 2023 is a community-driven program that empowers community members in collectively enhancing the cleanliness, attractiveness and safety of public spaces like parks, waiting sheds, streets, and center islands. The City Environment and Parks Management Office determines the spaces to be adopted, developed, beautified and maintained by the adopting party.

Private establishments and groups honored for their contributions to the Adopt-a-Park program were SM Baguio, the University of the Cordilleras, and the Baguio Everlasting Lions Club.

Their active involvement in landscaping, gardening, and overall improvements has significantly enhanced the appeal of public spaces, making them more inviting for recreational activities and social gatherings.

The commendation extended to various government offices such as the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology, City Engineering Office, Baguio City Police Office, Baguio City Public Information Office, and Public Order and Safety Division for providing invaluable assistance to the project.

Special recognition was also given to the members of the Cepmo street island team headed by Atty. Rhenan Diwas and Engr. Marivic Empizo, whose efforts have been instrumental in the success of the program.

Team members Jocelyn Macadangdang, Lani Bullo, Antonio Ocampo, and Villamor Zaparita among others have demonstrated exemplary commitment to maintaining and beautifying the city’s street islands and parks.

This is the second batch of park adopters awarded after the first batch on Feb. 19 such as Forest Lodge, The Manor at Camp John Hay, Baguio Country Club, PMSEA, Sunshine Supermart, Mabelline Landscaping Services, Baguio Sunflower Lions Club, Zonta, GSP, Victory Liner, La Faayette, Abong Foundation, Tiongsan Harrison, and YMCA.

Mayor Benjamin Magalong said the contributions of these park adopters do not go unnoticed, and the city is immensely grateful for their commitment to the beautification and preservation of our city’s public spaces.

Other interested individuals and groups may visit the Cepmo to inquire about the Adopt-A-Park program. – Gess Baylon and Ayra Tamaray