Mayor to stop Session Road in Bloom, if squabbling continues

BAGUIO Mayor Maurico Domogan is game on halting the Session Road in Bloom if arguments between stakeholders are not resolved.

Domogan said Friday, March 1 is the last day to resolve the rift between the Baguio Flower Festival Foundation Incorporated [BFFFI] and the Liga ng mga Baranagay on the seven-day trade fair at the city’s main roads.

The city council has decided to allow the closure of roads for the Session Road in Bloom event slated March 3 to 10.

Areas for road closure have been streamlined to give easier access to pedestrians, emergency vehicles and police to be on standby for anticipated emergencies.

Most of the stretch of Session Road will still be used except for these streets; Carantes, Calderon [without stalls and will be open for parking and emergency vehicles], parts of Perfecto, and with half of Assumption Road to be utilized.

The heated debate on how many stalls is to be allotted to the Liga ng mga Barangay, the SK as well as the association of barangay kagawads is set to be discussed in a meeting today with the BFFFI.

Councilor Michael Lawana, Association of Barangay Council president lashed out at the BFFFI for excluding the Liga ng mga Barangay in all trade fairs of the ongoing flower festival and is fighting for dibs to manage their own stalls, going against the proposed cash equivalent be given to the organization by the BFFFI.

In the Burnham Baguio Blooms trade fair, 20 stalls have been allotted for the Liga with the computed cash equivalent promised to be turned over.

Heated debates are still ongoing in the city council over the impasse with aldermen divided in their opinion on the matter.


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