June 21, 2024

The city government of Baguio will conduct a public hearing to gather suggestions on the proposed increase of entrance fee at the Baguio Botanical Garden.

The City Environment and Parks Management Office will lead the public hearing on May 25 at 2 p.m. at the Baguio Convention Center.

The City Treasury Office is collecting P5 as entrance fee for kids and P10 for adults, pursuant to the provisions of the City’s Environmental Code passed in 2016.

The Botanical Garden was closed to the public in May last year for rehabilitation works, particularly the development of the orchidarium, Dahlia Garden, Cosmos Bed, Azalea Mountain, Sunflower Section, Milflores River, Colors of Impatiens, Waves of Yellow Marguirite, Lilies of Baguio, Asian Garden, and Everlasting.

It was reopened to the public on March 6 during the opening of the Panagbenga Festival.

Cepmo Head, Atty. Rhenan Diwas, said the city collected more than P800,000 from entrance fee in March and over P1.5 million in April.

Mayor Benjamin B. Magalong mandated the Cepmo and the City Treasury Office to improve the ticketing system at the Botanical Garden and conduct a public hearing to gauge the reasonable rate for the planned increase of fees. – Jessa Mardy P. Samidan