Government officials announced on January 10 that Baguio City will remain open while rehabilitation works will be conducted on several tourist attractions like Burnham Park and Mines View Park.
According to a report from the Philippine News Agency, the rehabilitation will include the development and improvement of Burnham Park, the city market, and Mines View Park.
Apart from the attractions, other sites that will undergo rehabilitation includes Baguio’s Sewage Treatment Plant, and a former dumpsite which was converted to an Environment Recycling System, which was closed in 2012.
Department of Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said during a development update briefing at The Mansion that the rehabilitation of areas and destinations in the Philippines is part of the agenda of the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte.
She said that these improvements will “Instill the culture of responsible tourism and attain sustainable tourism.”
“Rehab is possible if a local government unit is very cooperative and this is evident in Baguio. This is just the beginning, we can capture the former glory of Baguio,” the tourism secretary said.
PhilStar reported that Interior Secretary Eduardo Año said that the city’s rehabilitation would not require closing off the city to visitors. He said that rehabilitation efforts would focus on promoting people’s interests and would never compromise human rights.
Secretary Año also added that the city’s redevelopment should be a concern to everyone, especially residents who must bear the pressure of tourism and inadequate infrastructure.
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