Alay Sa Kalinisan reports on Burnham Park

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Wednesday, June 4, 2014


THE City Environment and Parks Management Office (CEPMO) will take the lead in sprucing up the city's parks and other areas, in preparation for Independence Day celebration on June 12, as it has for the Summer Vacation (SumVac) operations.

This was announced by Parks Division Head Jones Gas-ib during the regular Alay Sa Kalinisan (ASK) meeting recently presided by Mayor Mauricio Domogan.

Cutting and clearing of dead branches and trees are ongoing, which complements the cleaning of garbage bins, flushing of different park areas including the fountain areas by the parks personnel.

There was also signage renewal, repainting, and arrangement of donated signs and benches for park use. Personnel of the CEPMO inspected lamp post wirings, did maintenance works and checked water levels at the three (3) fountains at the rose garden park.

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Burnham Park received an increased number of visitors during the past two months, including during the Holy Week, National Youth Congress, Le Tour Philippines among many other occasions.

It was also noted the road and sidewalk along Lake Drive has been rehabilitated, and pay parking signages have been installed at Jadewell and near the city orchidarium.

The report cited Burnham Park Security personnel made 230 apprehensions from March 28 to May 22, some violators turned over to the Baguio City Police Office (BCPO). There are young violators turned-over to the Silungan Center of the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) for further guidance, and some to the CEPMO Burnham Park Office.

Among the violations are illegal peddling, smoking in public, drinking alcoholic beverage, spitting, momma-spitting, soliciting money without permit, illegal parking boys, skateboard and playing. Moneymaking services are also prohibited in the park; manicure, henna tattoo, massage, with the violators turned-over to the parks and police office.

Some, however, were given stern warning, some were ordered to pay at the City Treasurer’s Office for their violations, materials for money-making were confiscated, others were lectured on park regulations, while some park regulation violators rendered community service.

For the anti-graffiti campaign, there will be an inventory and identification of graffiti-laden areas in the city with launching program next month. A citywide awareness and information campaign with a no-tolerance policy is being advocated, as posters in English, Tagalog and Ilocano are to be distributed during the occasion.

The anti-graffiti body appealed for materials for re-painting and repair of those destroyed by the vandals. It was known that in some areas, walls were repeatedly painted; with cleaning and re-painting done several times. Domogan thus offered a scheduled golf tournament fund-raising event to help with the expenses. He also lauded the efforts of former graffiti artists who now are helping clean up slogan-painted walls.

Villagers’ cooperation are needed in reporting and removing vandals’ paintings in the barangays, the mayor stressed. He rued the ratio of 540 policemen on duty in three shifts for more than 500,000 citizens; including students and daytime business people from the lowlands.

The mayor also noted the addition of several security personnel to maintain peace and order in Burnham Park. (Julie Fianza)

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on June 05, 2014.

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