Do­mo­gan nixes Burn­ham Park car­ni­val

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BAGUIO City Mayor Mauri­cio Do­mo­gan ex­pressed op­po­si­tion to the oper­a­tion of a con­tro­ver­sial car­ni­val and amuse­ment rides in the same por­tion where it op­er­ated in the chil­dren’s play­ground last sum­mer.

Do­mo­gan said he will not sign the res­o­lu­tion passed by the City Coun­cil on De­cem­ber 27, 2018 au­tho­riz­ing the oper­a­tion of the Ola car­ni­val and amuse­ment rides in the chil­dren’s play­ground be­cause of the nu­mer­ous com­plaints that were brought to his at­ten­tion on the un­safe rides and the al­leged bad con­di­tion of the fa­cil­i­ties.

Ear­lier, the lo­cal gov­ern­ment ap­proved a res­o­lu­tion au­tho­riz­ing the oper­a­tion of the Ola amuse­ment rides for a 5-month pe­riod start­ing next month af­ter the lo­cal leg­is­la­tors ap­proved the P2.179 bil­lion pro­posed 2019 bud­get of the lo­cal gov­ern­ment dur­ing a spe­cial ses­sion last De­cem­ber 27, 2018.

“We do not want to en­counter the same prob­lems that were ex­pe­ri­enced by the city when we al­lowed the oper­a­tion of the car­ni­val and amuse­ment rides last sum­mer. We are not in fa­vor of the re­sump­tion of the oper­a­tion of the con­tro­ver­sial amuse­ment rides that is why we will just make do with what the park can of­fer to the pub­lic,” Do­mo­gan stressed.

The oper­a­tion of the car­ni­val was con­fronted with var­i­ous con­tro­ver­sies specif­i­cally the safety of the amuse­ment rides and the dam­age in­flicted by its op­er­a­tions to por­tions of the chil­dren’s play­ground which re­main un­re­stored to date.

Per­son­nel of the City En­vi­ron­ment and Parks Man­age­ment Of­fice (CEPMO) confirmed the con­tro­ver­sial car­ni­val op­er­a­tor was able to re­store the dam­aged pave­ment within its area of oper­a­tion but it was not able to re­store the dam­aged grounds on the back por­tion of the chil­dren’s play­ground.

Un­der the pro­posed terms of the oper­a­tion of the amuse­ment rides and car­ni­val, the op­er­a­tor will pay to the lo­cal gov­ern­ment the amount of P500,000 for its five month oper­a­tion is ex­pected to com­mence by the first week of Fe­bru­ary af­ter the op­er­a­tor will be able to com­ply with the re­quire­ments that will be im­posed by the lo­cal gov­ern­ment.

Do­mo­gan claimed the lo­cal gov­ern­ment is al­ways at the re­ceiv­ing end of crit­i­cisms on the grant of the au­thor­ity to the con­tro­ver­sial car­ni­val op­er­a­tor to op­er­ate the al­leged un­safe amuse­ment rides that is why it is best to put a stop on such amuse­ment op­er­a­tions and al­low the re­ju­ve­na­tion of the park.

The mayor claimed the lease rentals the car­ni­val op­er­a­tor in­tends to pay to the lo­cal gov­ern­ment is not suf­fi­cient to com­pen­sate for what­ever dam­ages that will be in­flicted to the park.

He said he will re­turn the ap­proved res­o­lu­tion to the lo­cal leg­isla­tive body with­out his sig­na­ture stat­ing among oth­ers his ob­jec­tion to the oper­a­tion of the car­ni­val and amuse­ment rides in the area so that those lo­cal leg­is­la­tors who ap­proved the same might re­con­sider their po­si­tion on the mat­ter.

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AN­OTHER EYE­SORE. A car­ni­val is ex­pected to rise anew at the chil­dren’s play­ground in Burn­ham Park but Baguio City Mayor Mauri­cio Do­mo­gan said he will not sign the res­o­lu­tion passed by the City Coun­cil on De­cem­ber 27, 2018 au­tho­riz­ing the oper­a­tion of the Ola car­ni­val and amuse­ment rides.

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