City failed Burn­ham man­age­ment

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

BAGUIO City Coun­cilor Edgar Avila ad­mits the city gov­ern­ment failed in man­ag­ing Burn­ham Park

Avila said the move to re­turn the park to the Tourism In­fra­struc­ture and En­ter­prise Zone Au­thor­ity (TIEZA) is a hum­bling move to ad­mit the city failed to main­tain the area.

“We have to ad­mit at one point that we failed in the man­age­ment,” Avila said.

The al­der­men is stand­ing by his com­mit­tee re­port rec­om­mend­ing to the Of­fice of the Pres­i­dent, the De­part­ment of Tourism (DOT) and TIEZA to re­scind the agree­ment plac­ing man­age­ment of the Burn­ham Park to the

and re­turn it to the na­tional gov­ern­ment to over­see.

“They (TIEZA) have the man­power, funds and means to re­ha­bil­i­tate the park, and this seems to be a re­sponse to the cry of stake­hold­ers,” Avila added.

Ex­ec­u­tive Or­der No. 224, se­ries of 1995 is­sued by for­mer Pres­i­dent Fidel Ramos turned over the ad­min­is­tra­tion, man­age­ment and op­er­a­tion of Burn­ham Park to the lo­cal gov­ern­ment and it was strength­ened by Ex­ec­u­tive Or­der No. 69, se­ries of 2009 is­sued by for­mer Pres­i­dent Glo­ria Ma­ca­pa­galAr­royo.

Be­fore the ad­min­is­tra­tion, man­age­ment and op­er­a­tion of the park was turned over to the city, Burn­ham Park was man­aged by the Philip­pine Tourism Au­thor­ity (PTA) now known as TIEZA un­der the tourism de­part­ment.

The re­port also rec­om­mended the ap­proval of the Univer­sity of the Cordilleras master de­vel­op­ment plan for Burn­ham Park as well as the univer­sity to up­date the plans made years ago to adapt to the chang­ing times.

Avila said the UC mater de­vel­op­ment plan is a do­na­tion from the univer­sity to the city and again, re­ly­ing on the good graces of UC, an up­dat­ing of the plan is be­ing sought as TIEZA if they do take con­trol over the park, needs the mas­ter­plan.

The re­port also seeks the Supreme Court to take a sec­ond look at the doc­trine that parks are be­yond the com­merce of man be­cause it is not in tune with re­al­ity and the chang­ing times through a pe­ti­tion for declara­tory re­lief.

“This will fo­cus not only on Burn­ham but all parks in the coun­try, as it will ad­dress vend­ing and con­struc­tion of com­mer­cial build­ings on parks,” Avila said.

Avila, who heads the com­mit­tee on ur­ban plan­ning, lands and hous­ing spear­headed the call for pro­pos­als for park­ing fa­cil­i­ties in the park which drew the ire of sec­tors ad­vo­cat­ing for the pro­tec­tion and preser­va­tion of the park.

Avila’s re­port and rec­om­men­da­tion has been de­ferred twice in the city coun­cil and is again up for de­lib­er­a­tion.

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