Master Plan for Botanical Garden development sought

As the number of tourist arrivals in Baguio continue to increase, the city government is bent on developing unused portions at the Botanical Garden along Leonard Wood Road to accommodate the influx of park goers.

With this, Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan issued Administrative Order No. 77 series of 2019 mandating the creation of a technical working team who will prepare a master plan for the remaining unused areas at the Botanical Garden in an aim to maximize its potential for tourism and economic purposes.

The technical team is composed of the City Environment and Parks Management Office (CEPMO) as chair with the City Planning and Development Office (CPDO), City Engineering Office (CEO) and the City Buildings and Architects Office (CBAO) as members.

Domogan believes that with the full operationalization of the Tarlac-Pangasinan Express Lane (TPLEX), Baguio was made more accessible to visitors, all year-round.

He said there are even instances when the developed areas within the Botanical Garden cannot accommodate the number of visitors who flock the popular tourist destination and favorite weekend family outings.

"The recent improvements at the Baguio Botanical Garden has, and continues to attract local, domestic and international visitors; and has in fact become part of the itinerary of tour agencies offering Baguio tours," the mayor furthered.

For the past decades, portions of the Botanical Garden have been adopted by several private and civic organizations under the "Adopt a Park" program such as the international sister cities of Baguio and the Philippine Mining Safety and Environment Association. Developments have been introduced at no cost to the city expanding the developed portions of the park.*

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