THE proposed development of Burnham Park as designed by the University of the Cordilleras (UC) began to earn opposition even if the terms of donation is still being ironed out.

Councilor Elmer Datuin, chair of the City Council committee on tourism said in a recent meeting with the Baguio Centennial Commission, the latter has expressed reservations about the proposed development.

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Accordingly, there are inputs suggested by the group in meetings and tourism summits but these have not been considered in the development plan.

In a separate meeting with UC officials, Datuin said the planners claim to have consulted CenteComm member Joseph Alabanza. The councilor said the issue still has to be clarified when Alabanza returns from the United States.

In the meantime, Datuin said UC is finalizing details of the deed of donation.

"Baguio has not formally accepted the development plan yet," Datuin said, recalling that after UC presented the master development plan the issue on who owns the copyright has been debated.

Datuin said there appears to be a "catch" in case the city accepts the donation.

He said if all provisions of the memorandum of agreement (MOA) were followed, it would appear that in the event the plan is implemented, the city would have to seek permission and consult with the planners before any improvement is done.

"What if the city wants to revise some parts of the plan, due to budgetary constraints, do we have to consult them or ask for their permission?" Datuin asked.

If their permission is needed, Datuin said it also has to be clarified if consent is needed in every phase of development.

The UC administration is aware of these issues these concerns will be addressed in the deed of donation. (Rimaliza Opiña)