Magalong to finance development of P480M Burnham Park – Manila Bulletin
BAGUIO CITY – The government of the city of Baguio has reiterated its commitment to develop Burnham Park, the city’s leading tourist destination.
Mayor Benjamin Magalong said the state-owned Tourism Infrastructure Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA) had assured city officials that previous funding of 400 million pesos for the Burnham Park development project would be increased to 480 million pesos.
The city government has prepared the Comprehensive Development Master Plan for the proposed rehabilitation of parts of the 34-hectare Burnham Park complex that served as the basis for TIEZA and the Department of Tourism to commit the funds necessary for the modernization.
The tourism department and the local government signed a memorandum of understanding (MOA) earlier for the initial 400 million pesos to support the proposed modernization of Burnham Park early last year.
But the amount was eventually seized by the national government to fund the country’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Magalong expressed hope that the proposed modernization of Burnham Park will be continued once the funds are made available by TIEZA.
The town mayor, however, said the local government could not afford to lend the funds needed for the modernization of Burnham Park as it was already inclined to borrow a separate amount for the rehabilitation of the sewage system project in the city.
Magalong hopes to turn the city’s first park into a world-class tourism facility that would entice more foreign and domestic visitors to visit the city and help efforts to boost the city’s economic growth.
Areas of Burnham Park that will be upgraded include the Melvin Jones Football Ground, Burnham Lake, Rose Garden, Cycling Zone, Children’s Park, Ibaloi Heritage Garden, Ice Rink, and games of the Baguio Athletic Bowl.
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