Public consultation on building moratorium set

THE Department of Environment and Natural Resources – Cordillera (DENR-CAR) together with the City Government of Baguio have set a public consultation for a moratorium on building construction and tree cutting.

The public consultation set on July 29 will be held at the DENR-CAR office.

Baguio is considering the suspension of construction in the city to focus on the rehabilitation of the environment in the country’s Summer Capital.

The public consultation hopes strengthen both parties position together with petition for a moratorium on the cutting of trees in the city which was received by the Regional Environment Department.

Erdolfo Balajadia, Baguio Regreening Movement (BRM) chairman, regularly called on the local government unit to enforce existing ordinances relevant to building construction in the city.

Balajadia added the move to enforce a building moratorium is just a matter of being confrontational and a way to protect the city.

Maryland Maryanne Alabanza, Baguio born-US based dean of College of Architecture and Engineering and Urban Planning of Baltimore, earlier expressed the need to stop construction of high-rise buildings in the city after studies showed the city reaching its carrying capacity.

Alabanza said since Baguio have reached its carrying capacity, the more the need to disrupt the construction of buildings in the city.


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