Parking eyed at Igorot Park
IF THINGS go as planned, Igorot Park may be transferred to Ganza.
The proposal penned by Councilors Benny Bomogao, Micheal Lawana and Faustino Olowan for the construction of a podium car parking in the City of Baguio particularly in the areas of Ganza, in between the
Orchidarium and Children’s Park, former Pantranco and the whole stretch of the city library, has been approved and is now in the hands of the chief executive.
Bomogao who chairs the committee on public utilities, transportation and traffic legislation has approved and recommended the construction of a multi-level parking facility at the former site of the old auditorium or present pay parking area.
Bomogao also identified an alternative proposal for the construction of a multilevel parking at the Igorot garden and former fire station fronting Bayanihan Hotel.
In effect, the Igorot Garden will be transferred to the existing Ganza Parking.
Bomogao said since the committee report has been approved, it is now up to Mayor Mauricio Domogan to create a Technical Working Group (TWG) for plans to take shape.
The committee report said a team composed of personnel from the City Buildings and Architecture Office, City Planning and City Engineering Office be organized by the city mayor to draft the proposed plans taking into consideration parking demands, green engineering, amenities (multi fucntion halls, sports area and other applicable use” and other matters. The CBAO shall be the lead agency.
The draft proposed plans will be due within three months from the approval of the report and the said plans shall be presented to the city council for purposes of review, funding and other concerns.
Bomogao said the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA) will also be part of plans and proceeded to explain the building may be funded through a public private partnership or a build – operate and transfer deal.
To back the proposed resolution, a manifesto was earlier signed by Pastor Godofredo Cawaing supporting plans to set up podium parking as long as it adheres to international standards on green architecture.
Cawaing, who represents a group of pastors and ministers, said the high influx of visitors coming to city during holidays and the development of education has contributed to the traffic problem.
However, Olowan said the proposal will be subject to the approval of the Department of Tourism and said Igorot Park will not be moved but in- stead the facility will just be built beside it.
Lawana said changes to the plans may be done when the committee reviews the final drawings and layout.
PROPOSED PARKNG LOT. With the influx of tourist and the increasing number of motor vehicles, the City Council is mulling to relocate Igorot Park along Harrison Road and convert the area into parking lot.