Public consultation no longer needed for SM Sky Ranch project

BAGUIO City Mayor Mauricio Domogan said there is no need for a public consultation on the ongoing Sky Ranch project of SM City Baguio as long as the mall management complies with all the requirements.

Domogan declined to sign Resolution No. 303, series of 2018, which urges SM City Baguio and Sky Ranch Amusement Park Baguio to conduct public consultations on the social acceptability of their amusement park and recreation facility project.

The resolution also directs SM to seek an endorsement from the City Council in compliance with the provisions of the Local Government Code.

“The amusement park is within a private property. It is respectfully submitted the public consultation and endorsement from the City Council is not required before a permit can be issued so long as they have complied with all the requirements,” Domogan said.

Earlier, the local legislative body invited as resource persons in aid of legislation city engineer Edgar Victorio Olpindo, city building official Nazita Bañez, city environment and parks management officer Cordelia Lacsamana, city planning and development officer Evelyn Cayat, Baguio City Police Office (BCPO) Traffic Management branch head Chief Inspector Oliver Panabang, SM City Baguio mall manager Rona Vida Correa and SM City Baguio Sky Ranch project manager or his duly authorized representative regarding the ongoing construction of the SM City Amusement Park and Recreation facility to determine if safety, zoning, as well as traffic measures have been considered during its construction.

During the previous deliberations, the local legislative body deemed it necessary to urge SM City Baguio and Sky Ranch Amusement Baguio to conduct public consultations as to the social acceptability of their proposed amusement park and recreation facility project and to seek favorable endorsement from the said body in compliance with the Local Government Code and other pertinent laws.

Domogan emphasized the operation of the Sky Ranch amusement and recreation facility will definitely be an added tourist attraction in the city considering the absence of amusement and recreational centers where residents and visitors alike could enjoy and bond together.

Aside from working on its expansion project that will increase the availability of more tenants for the greater interest of the public, SM City Baguio is venturing on the put up of its Sky Ranch Amusement and Recreation Center to provide residents and tourists with more amenities where they will be able to enjoy spending a break going around and patronizing what the giant chain of malls can offer them.

The SM City Baguio Amusement and Recreational facility will provide various state-of-the-art rides which people could patronize and enjoy their visit to the mall considering the absence of similar rides in any part of the city. (PR)


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