Park­ing eyed at Igorot Park

Sun.Star Baguio - - FRONT PAGE - Maria Elena Cata­jan Sun*Star Re­porter

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.

Photo by Milo Brioso

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.

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