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Saturday, September 21, 2019

Ibaloi Park construction questioned

THE ongoing construction activities at the Ibaloi Park will be investigated.

The city council, during its regular session on Monday, March 5, questioned the excavation at the Ibaloi Park within Burnham Park and called on the Department of Public Works and Highways, Department of Tourism, City Environment and Parks Management Office (Cepmo), City Building and Architect's Office (Cibao) and the Onjon ni Ivadoy Association Incorporated to shed light on the matter.

Councilor Faustino Olowan said he has heard reports that a stage will be built in the area.

"There is a 12-foot tunnel. Is that a stage or a building?” he asked.

Resolution 182, which was passed in 2010, designated the area located between the Children’s Playground and the Orchidarium as the site of the Mateo Cariño monument and an Ibaloi Heritage Garden.

The Onjon ni Ivadoy Association Incorporated has been designated as caretaker of the area although it remains a property owned by the Baguio city government.

Councilor Benny Bomogao said any construction in the area has not been properly relayed to the local council.

Previously, the city council approved an ordinance declaring the Ibaloi Park as a living museum and authorizing the installation of the bust of Mateo Cariño, great forefather of the Ibalois, at the entrance to the park.

The care and maintenance of the living museum are the responsibilities of the Cepmo, which had entered into a memorandum of agreement with the Onjon in Ivadoy, a duly accredited non-government organization, to carry out the project.

The ordinance allocated an initial amount of P500,000 for the project. The budget for the park's maintenance is included in the Cepmo's annual budget.

Mayor Mauricio Domogan has disapproved requests from the group to build structures in the area saying it is against the master development plan of the park.
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