Baguio City pushes through with infrastructure projects despite pandemic

Published November 29, 2020, 12:53 PM

by Zaldy Comanda

BAGUIO CITY – Despite the setbacks caused by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in 2020, the city is poised to break ground on stalled big-ticket projects before the year ends, according to City Administrator Bonifacio Dela Peña.

Dela Peña disclosed the city has awarded the P100-million public works contract for the rehab of the drainage system from Lake Drive, Burnham Park to Magsaysay Avenue.

He said the project will address problems on flooding in the central business district during torrential rains. 

“It will commence as soon as the imported materials arrive. We [want to do away with stopgap solutions by using] quality materials from now on.” Dela Peña said.

He also said December will not end without the award of the P434-million contract for the construction of the youth convergence center and sports complex at the Athletic Bowl.

He said the city government will be financing the project with Baguio Congressman Marquez Go promising to find additional funding of P50 million.

“Plans and estimates are already 95-percent complete,” for the project expected to be completed by 2022.

Dela Peña also reported that the extension of the Athletic Bowl bleachers was ongoing, as well as the provision for a parking area inside the facility for some 200-vehicles.

Two barangay halls, one costing P56-million and the other at P37-million, are likewise in the works.

“These are called multi-year projects, while commenced this year, completion scheduled in the coming year or even 2022,” he added.