Baguio City to pursue flagship projects this year

Published January 10, 2021, 1:51 PM

by Zaldy Comanda

BAGUIO CITY – Mayor Benjamin Magalong said the city government will pursue its high impact and public-private partnership (PPP) projects this year.

Magalong said this will be part of the city’s strategic plans for this year, along with programs to continue the fight against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

“This is the year when our high-impact projects will get going, in full steam. We will pursue aggressively our PPP programs because this is the only way we will recover our economy,” Magalong said.

He said pandemic may have delayed the implementation of the major projects the city lined up to fulfill his administration’s 16-point agenda, but this year, there will be no stopping in getting these started.

“You will recall that at midpoint of 2019, when we began our journey together amidst the challenges facing us, we said that the best is yet to be.  In Year 2020, we finalized the funding requirements of our vital high-impact projects earlier identified to fulfill our 16-point agenda and this year, there is no stopping us from pursuing the better Baguio that we envisioned,” Magalong said.

City Administrator Bonifacio Dela Peña said among the major infrastructure projects lined up for implementation this year will be the construction of the youth convergence and sports center and a mini-parking area at the Baguio Athletic Bowl with funding of P392 million and P110 million, respectively. These will be up for bidding in the middle of February.

There, too, will be the low cost housing project for the indigents, of which architectural plans have already been approved and targeted for implementation during the first quarter of the year.

Other major projects funded by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and the Baguio City District Engineering Office will also be implemented, including the installation of the main drainage at the Lake Drive Burnham Park costing P95 million to solve the flooding problem in the area and the road right-of-way and expansion along Marcos Highway and Naguilian Road.

Dela Peña said the major PPP project to be pursued this year will be the market development venture which will undergo the negotiation stage in the PPP process.

He said the city through the Public-Private Partnership for the People (P4) committee received a number of unsolicited PPP proposals which will be reviewed by the committee.

The proposals include the establishment of a zoo at the area adjacent to the Botanical Garden, the contactless apprehension technology, sewerage system rehabilitation, bulk water project and the bus terminal project the Dairy Farm.