Baguio LGU finalizes a multi-land use plan on city-owned property

BAGUIO CITY –The local government unit (LGU) of Baguio City is now finalizing the master plan for the 139-hectare city-owned property in Barangay Santo Tomas – Apugan.

City Mayor Mauricio Domogan said that based on the draft master plan, some 30 hectares will be segregated and used for the city’s Integrated Solid Waste Disposal Facility (ISWDF) once the plan to put up the Antamok engineered sanitary landfill will not succeed while seven hectares will be devoted for the city’s socialized housing program.

The proposed plan included the expansion of the city’s public cemetery, the extension of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP).

The city planned to segregate 50 hectares for the ISWDF which will include a centralized Materials Recovery Facility (MRF), Engineered Sanitary Landfill (ESL), anaerobic digester, waste-to-energy plant, two Environmental Recycling System (ERS) machines, Health Care and Hazardous Waste Treatment Plant.

Bu due tonthe terrain, the ISWDF will only be established in a 30-hectare parcel of the property.

Domogan said the establishment of the city’s ISWDF will save PhP70 million in hauling expenses to municipalities outside Baguio City.

The savings in the next two years may be used to bankroll the funding of more development projects for the city in the future, he said.

The concerned offices was directed to implement the initial PhP70 million programmed for 2016 for the construction of the interior road network within the area in preparation for the realization of the property’s comprehensive master development plan.

The planning team is composed of City Budget Office (CBO) head and Bids and Awards Committee (BAC) for Infrastructure chair Leticia Clemente, city engineer Elpidio Garabiles and City Planning and Development Office (CPDO) head Evelyn Cayat.

Based on the proposed plan, 69,692 square meters (sqm) will be allotted for housing; 45,000sqm for a government school; 31,717sqm for the Baguio City Jail; 20,000 sqm – home for the elderly; and the proposed city government satellite office on a 28,260 sqm parcel.

Three hectares will be allotted for the Baguio City Public Cemetery extension.

The rest of the site will be reserved as an ecological sanctuary.

Domogan instructed the team to include the 95-hectare parcel donated by the family of former Baguio City Vice Mayor Virginia De Guia located in Tuba, Benguet which is adjacent to the city-owned lot.

The multi-land use plan is needed to start the development of the site starting with the road construction project to make it accessible, Domogan added. JOJO LAMARIA/