Roads closed for Panagbenga

Several city roads are temporarily closed for the Baguio Flower Festival celebration, as stated in an ordinance approved by the city council last week.

            Burnham Lake Drive from the Ganza restaurant to Solibao restaurant, including the whole of Juan Luna drive, is closed for the Baguio Blooms landscaping competition and exposition up to March 4. 

            On February 24, and February 25; both from 1 AM to 3 PM; South Drive, Military cut-off rotunda to Lower Session road, Magsaysay road, and Harrison roads are closed for the street dancing and float parade, respectively.  

            Immediately after the float parade on February 25, Session road from SM rotunda to Malcolm square is closed up to midnight of March 4.

            Portions of the following adjoining streets/roads of Session road are also closed: Gov. Pack road, Assumption road, Fr. Carlu Loop, junction of Mabini street to lower Session road including Calderon street and Perfecto street.

A portion of Carantes street in front of the Development Bank of the Philippines is closed but not up to the public utility staging area.

The Baguio City Police Office shall assign personnel and install signages to direct motorists and human traffic on said routes, and coordinate with barangay officials of affected barangays.

A re-routing of Victory liner bus units to the Baguio Convention Center grounds from their terminal at Upper Session road, from 5AM to 12 midnight of Feb. 24 and 25 is also contained in the ordinance.

For the 23rd edition of the Baguio Flower Festival, a surge of human and vehicular traffic is expected. - juliegfianza         

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Balili river project

            BAGUIO CITY – A four-semester, two-year project for the rehabilitation of the Balili river will be conducted, after a memorandum of agreement signing last Monday with Mayor Mauricio Domogan, La Trinidad Mayor Romeo Salda, the academe and partner agencies present.

            During the signing, the Ripples for River Rehabilitation of the Balili River System Revitalization Coalition (BRSRC) gathered barangay officials and involved agencies for the agreement covering the implementation of the project. The mechanics was delivered in details by Dr. Gaudelia Reyes of the Saint Louis University.   

            The first part of the project covers a needs assessment through a walk-through in the barangays’ portion of the Balili river; survey and association with barangay constituents; analysis and preparation of the report; and submission to the BRSRC. All activities up to the end of the project should be properly documented, Reyes said.

            The second part would be the preparation of the barangay action plan and identification of adoptors or partner agencies. Agreement would then be forged for the involvement of the adoptors in the project. The counterpart of the adoptors, who are institutions or establishment member of the BRSRC may be manpower or funding.

            A barangay environmental team would then be formed, with trainings conducted; and the last part of the project as the implementation of river rehabilitation activities which would be monitored, the progress report submitted to the BRSRC.

            The self-reliance and sustenance of the activities for river rehabilitation would be evaluated through the documents and reports submitted, with cash prizes at the end of each year of implementation. The project then terminates  

            At least 37 barangays within Baguio City and La Trinidad  are involved in the project, as their boundaries are with Balili river or a tributary runs through their area of responsibility.             

            We enjoin the participation of everybody, though the prizes are meager, as “we harvest the impact of research, science and policy,” BRSRC officials said.

Both mayors; Domogan and Salda, urged barangay constituents of both areas to unite and participate in the continuing advocacy of river cleanliness and not to point fingers at each other.

It is a goal to have clean waters by 2040 Salda quipped, “same as the Balili river of my youth.”    

Stake holders from the academe, government agencies and adoptors were acknowledged during the forum. - juliegfianza