Domogan seeks backing on Sky Ranch
City Mayor Mauricio Domogan asks for understanding for backing the SM amusement park project.
Domogan explained he nixed a council resolution asking to conduct a public hearing for the SM City Baguio Sky Ranch project at Luneta Hill saying there is no legal basis for him to block it.
The mayor stressed the property is privately owned by SM and has development permits in order.
The mayor added as much as he wants to agree with the local council on the SM issue, he could not find a legal basis for him to affix his signature on the resolu-
SM City Baguio and Sky Ranch Amusement Park Baguio was earlier asked to conduct public consultations on the social acceptability of their amusement park and recreation facility project and also directs SM to seek an endorsement from the City Council in compliance with the provisions of the Local Government Code.
The chief executive said the project has an Environmental Compliance Certificate (ECC) as well as building, electrical and architectural permit all in order pushing him to thumb down the council.
However, councilors Peter Fianza and Arthur Allad - iw are still against the project.
Fianza said the resolution is manifestation of the sentiment of the August body.
“We will consider the action of the mayor and discuss again,” Fianza said.
Fianza added any development will need consultation by the public and the project SM City Baguio is doing is fits into this adding the original development plan identifies the area as a garden – park which the management has altered and converted into an amusement park.
“I stand by with the resolution passed by the City Council. Sections 26 and 27 of the local government mandated that social acceptability and public consultation are necessary,” Alladiw said.
Months ago, the mayor said management of the SM City amusement park has long before intimated the opening of operations at the privatelyowned Luneta hill and assured it is within zoning laws despite being near the university belt of the city saying the setup of amusement rides will be within safety standards and quality, owing to the reputation of the giant mall chain, dubbed to be the biggest in the country.
Starting the ball rolling in opposition to the project was Councilor Michael Lawana, president of the Baguio City Association of Barangay Councils who moved to summon key people involved in the amusement park to determine if safety, zoning as well as traffic measures have been considered.
Facing the council were city engineer Edgar Victorio Olpindo, city building official Nazita Bañez, city environment and parks management officer Cordelia Lacsamana, city planning and development officer Evelyn Cayat, Baguio City Police Office (BCPO) Traffic Management branch head Chief Inspector Oliver Panabang, SM City Baguio mall manager Rona Vida Correa and SM City Baguio Sky Ranch project manager regarding the ongoing construction of the SM City Amusement Park and Recreation facility to determine if safety, zoning, as well as traffic measures have been considered during its construction.