THE Baguio City Council has passed a resolution asking the national government to redevelop Burnham Park.
In its resolution, the council requested the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (Tieza) to provide funding assistance to Baguio City for the redevelopment of the park.
“The local government of Baguio on numerous occasions has pushed for the redevelopment of Burnham park but because of the lack of funds for the purpose most developments and rehabilitation conducted were only piecemeal,” the resolution said.
The park’s clusters include the Burnham Lake, Children Playground, Skating Rink, Rose Garden, Orchidarium, Igorot Park, Melvin Jones Grandstand, Athletic Bowl, Picnic Grove, Japanese Peace Tower, Pine Trees of the World and Sunshine Park.
Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong revealed that he received a positive response from Tieza regarding his request for an additional P300 million for the park development.
Tieza earlier allocated P20 million for landscaping of the Burnham Lake as an initial wave of support from the tourism body to the city government for the 34-hectare Burnham Park.
Tieza also supports the pending proposal in Congress for the declaration of Burnham Park as a national heritage to give the agency more reason to infuse funds to sustain the efforts to preserve and protect the park and to regulate the put up of infrastructure in one of the country’s icon landmarks. (Maria Elena Catajan with PR)