BAGUIO CITY -– Baguio City Mayor Mauricio Domogan on Wednesday, November 2 said he will meet the leaders of the Department of Tourism – Cordillera Regional Office (DOT-CAR) and Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA) on Friday, November 4 to discuss the fate of the Baguio Museum and the parcel it occupies.
Domogan said the ownership of the land where the Baguio Museum currently stands is the biggest issue and the plans of the DOT-CAR and TIEZA to give the complex a new face should include the Baguio Museum and not to “eject” a place of interest.
Domogan emphasized that he will oppose any plans of the DOT-CAR and TIEZA to “eject” the Baguio Museum (Baguio-Mountain Provinces Museum).
The Board of Directors of the Baguio Museum, headed by Nicolas Tabora is questioning TIEZA’s claim of ownership over the parcel.
The Baguio-Mountain Provinces Museum was built in 1975 by the Philippine Tourism Authority (PTA) under the chairmanship of DOT Secretary Jose Aspiras and Baguio City Mayor Luis Lardizabal.
It was built in preparation for the “World Karpov-Korchnoi International Chess Tournament”.
The Baguio Museum was devastated by the July 1990 earthquake and was temporarily housed at Camp John Hay and then to the back portion of the Baguio Convention Center while the old at Governor Pack Road remained untouched for ten years.
Domogan is hopeful that the meeting on Friday will finally settle the issue on land ownership and eventually clear the plans of re-developing the complex. Jojo Lamaria/PNA-northboundasia.com