- Baguio City is on the move to restore its reputation as a “mountain paradise”
- The plan needs at least P10-billion budget
- It will be funded by next year’s city budget and by grants and loans
Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong said they are now gearing towards the accomplishment of a master plan to restore the city’s reputation as a “mountain paradise.”
Inquirer disclosed that the plan requires at least P10-billion in budget to modernize and expand public services like the sewage system, build new forest parks, and introduce an automated control center that will manage traffic and disaster response.
Magalong said it would be funded by next year’s city budget and by grants and loans.
Moreover, Malacañang has “approved in principle” the proposed one-year moratorium on building constructions and tree cutting to allow the government to grow pine tree saplings and rebuild the city’s forests.
Baguio City’s local government also showed interest in adopting a Japanese waste-to-energy program that would generate electricity to power some of its ambitious projects like the monorail transit system.
The technology was introduced in July by Toyo Energy president Yoshimitsu Okada. The system would be fueled by about 168 tons of biodegradable waste generated by Baguio households and businesses daily, and can also get waste from neighboring towns.
Magalong said Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade nodded on putting up nonpollutive mass transport such as monorails, cable cars, and modern jeepneys in the city.
As per Philippine Star, the city was chosen by the United Nations Development Program and Department of Transportation as one of the pilot cities for the low carbon urban transport system.
Meanwhile, the local government of the city is required to formulate its Local Public Transport Route Plan to become a basis for rationalizing the public transport routes and to see what low carbon mass transport system could be put up.