Liceo wins eco­park de­sign chal­lenge

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The de­sign of a group of stu­dents from Liceo de Ca­gayan Univer­sity was cho­sen as the con­cept de­sign for the re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion of the old dump­site at Zayas, barangay Car­men.

An at­tain­able de­sign and ac­ces­si­ble to all, one of the de­sign­ers Liceo civil en­gi­neer­ing stu­dent Larry Jade Ba­calares said the eco­park they en­vi­sion rep­re­sents the his­tory of Ca­gayan de Oro. He said it will also fea­ture and honor the tribes in the city.

Ba­calares said the park is com­plete with bike trail, and will also fea­ture sev­eral fun rides such an ex­treme coaster ride. It will also have a store where for­mer garbage scav­engers can sell their prod­ucts as their new means of liveli­hood.

Ac­cord­ing to their de­sign, the eco­park will show­case cul­tural vil­lage in a botan­i­cal gar­den set­ting, and will also serve as a learn­ing cen­ter for eco­tourism, eth­nic arts, and flora and fauna that are en­demic to North­ern Min­danao. It will have cozy guest cot­tages, camp ground, recre­ational area, pic­nic shed, or­chi­dar­ium, trop­i­cal zoo gar­den, restau­rants, am­phithe­ater, and a hall.

The eco­park chal­lenge was par­tic­i­pated by 4 uni­ver­si­ties, namely Liceo, Xavier Univer­sity, Univer­sity of Science and Tech­nol­ogy of South­ern Philip­pines, and Ca­gayan de Oro College.

As the win­ner, Liceo will re­ceive an amount worthh P60,000, while the rest of the par­tic­i­pat­ing schools will get P10,000 each.

City Lo­cal En­vi­ron­ment and Nat­u­ral Re­sources Of­fice (Clenro) head En­gi­neer Ar­men Cuenca said all of the de­signs will be made as ref­er­ence to the fi­nal de­sign of the old land­fill.

The fi­nal de­sign will be made by the City En­gi­neer­ing Of­fice.

This ini­tia­tive is part of the city gov­ern­ment’s ef­forts to trans­form the 17-hectare old dump­site into an eco-park.

Cuenca said the old dump site will have a botan­i­cal and but­ter­fly gar­dens, la­goon, bas­ket­ball court, bike lane, jog­ging area, and an am­phithe­ater.

The city gov­ern­ment has re­cently re­ceived a grant from the Depart­ment of Bud­get Man­age­ment (DBM) worth P35 mil­lion for the old dump site’s ini­tial phase of its re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion. It will be used for land de­vel­op­ment.

The Zayas dump­site was closed last year for vi­o­la­tions. The city opened an en­gi­neered land­fill in Barangay Pa­galun­gan, 16 kilo­me­ters away from the city proper.

(RIZ P. SUNIO)

AUS­TRALIAN AM­BAS­SADOR to the Philip­pines Amanda Gorely rounds up with some in­ter­nally dis­placed per­sons (IDPs) who are ben­e­fi­cia­ries of the Marawi Re­cov­ery project of the Com­mu­nity and Fam­ily Ser­vices In­ter­na­tional (CFSI).

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