Put up of park­ing fa­cil­ity a pri­or­ity – Do­mo­gan

Sun.Star Baguio - - TOPSTORIES -

BAGUIO City Mayor Mauri­cio Do­mo­gan un­der­scored among the pri­or­ity projects of the lo­cal gov­ern­ment is to put up a multi-level park­ing struc­ture in the va­cant lot near the Baguio Fire Depart­ment to ac­com­mo­date the rapidly in­creas­ing num­ber of gov­ern­ment-owned and pri­vate ve­hi­cles.

The lo­cal chief ex­ec­u­tive pointed out the need to use the sav­ings for the par­tial re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion of the city­owned Baguio Con­ven­tion Cen­ter to fund the con­struc­tion of the pro­posed eight storey multi-level park­ing build­ing as the park­ing area for gov­ern­ment ve­hi­cles and cars of peo­ple trans­act­ing busi­ness with the dif­fer­ent of­fices of the lo­cal gov­ern­ment.

“We have to use the lo­cal funds that were al­lo­cated for the re­pair of the Baguio Con­ven­tion Cen­ter to build the multi-level park­ing fa­cil­ity near the Baguio fire depart­ment be­cause the pub­lic works depart­ment com­mit­ted to shoul­der the pro­grammed re­pair and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion of the city-owned fa­cil­ity,” Do­mo­gan stressed.

He ex­plained the pro­posed struc­ture will serve as the park­ing area of all gov­ern­ment ve­hi­cles to free the city hall premises so that pri­vate ve­hi­cle own­ers could park their cars in avail­able park­ing slots to al­low them to freely trans­act busi­ness with the dif­fer­ent of­fices.

Ac­cord­ing to the mayor, the lo­cal gov­ern­ment is try­ing its best to look for suit­able ar­eas where multi-level park­ing struc­tures could be con­structed to help de­con­gest the city’s streets and con­trib­ute to re­duc­ing un­nec­es­sary fac­tors that con­strict the smooth flow of traf­fic around the city.

Do­mo­gan ex­plained the lo­cal gov­ern­ment is cir­cum­spect in iden­ti­fy­ing the suit­able ar­eas where to build mul­ti­level park­ing fa­cil­i­ties around the cen­tral busi­ness district and it has been al­ready clear the Ganza area and the former site of the old city au­di­to­rium are two sites iden­ti­fied to ac­com­mo­date mul­ti­level park­ing fa­cil­i­ties to help de­con­gest the city’s roads from parked ve­hi­cles.

Un­der the plan for the Ganza multi-level park­ing struc­ture, the rooftop will serve as a pro­duc­tion area for flow­ers and other plants for the green gar­den while the rooftop of the old city or­chi­dar­ium park­ing struc­ture has been

pro­posed to ac­com­mo­date a num­ber of busi­ness and other recre­ation fa­cil­i­ties to help make the fa­cil­ity vi­able for in­ter­ested pro­po­nents.

Do­mo­gan ad­mit­ted pay-park­ing is not a lu­cra­tive busi­ness, thus, there is a need to in­cor­po­rate other in­come-gen­er­at­ing ac­tiv­i­ties in the pay park­ing struc­ture once it will be done through a pri­vate-pub­lic part­ner­ship (PPP). Dex­ter See/Baguio City PIO

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