Baguio mayor entices anti-parking advocates

BAGUIO City Mayor Benjamin Magalong said he is in dialog with stakeholders blocking plans to construct parking buildings at Burnham Park.

“Slowly na realize nila na kailangan talaga ang parking building (Slowly, they realized the need for parking buildings),” Magalong said, adding that the Burnham Park complex is very disorderly.

The mayor said if the building will have green architecture and have vertical gardens, it will be more acceptable and will espouse order, cleanliness and organization.

“Open na rin ang kanilang mind to be able to address our traffic problem,” Magalong said.

Magalong said he has already met with some of the advocates and showed them plans of structures and what it will look like when the building stands.

City administrator Bonifacio Dela Peña also stressed the need for parking structures in the city.

The city official said the area of Jadewell at Ganza area is not enough to satisfy the need for space for vehicles in the mountain resort, adding at least a five level structure is need to accommodate at least 700 vehicles.

Other areas eyed for parking are the old auditorium, athletic bowl space, the Bibak compound and the city hall annex site at Camp Allen.

Dela Peña admitted to opposition on the parking building but said trade off must be made as stakeholders sit down in dialog.


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