Do­mo­gan seeks back­ing on Sky Ranch

Sun.Star Baguio - - Front Page - Maria Elena Cata­jan Sun*Star Re­porter

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.

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