Mayor: Protect our tree

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Monday, December 16, 2013

MAYOR Mauricio Domogan recently appealed to residents to protect the Christmas decorations in the Central Business District and Burnham Park after it was reported some decorations have been stolen.

Domogan told reporters Wednesday several accessory lights of the giant Christmas tree along Upper Session Road and other decorations at Burnham Park’s Rose Garden were stolen right after the city’s opening and lighting program December 1.

The theft occurred early morning of December 2 while the lights at the mini-Christmas Village at Rose Garden were stolen three days later, a report from the City Buildings and Architecture Office showed.

The stolen decorations are composed of Light Emitting Diode (LED) accessory lights and other lighting ornaments totaling some P15,000.

The mayor stressed he already tasked the police to secure the giant Christmas tree whose location is just in front of their Community Police Assistance Center 4 at Upper Session Road.

The mayor also instructed the Burnham Park Management Office to look into the theft at the Rose Garden.

He said the responsibility of protecting the Christmas decorations and lights is part of the obligation of park security guards regardless if these were endorsed to them or not by the CBAO.

He instructed the police and park security to intensify their watch over the decorations which he said is an important added attraction in the city especially since tourist arrivals peak during the Christmas holidays.

The mayor could not imagine how these stolen lights will be used by thieves or where they could sell it but added there is a probability the thieves are just out to embarrass the city government.

The city government scrimped on Christmas decorations this year to mount P1.5 million aid for Typhoon Yolanda victims, victims of the Bohol earthquake and victims of the Zamboanga City crisis between government troops and armed rebels.

The giant Christmas tree and decorations at the Central Business District only cost the city some P650,000.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on December 16, 2013.

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