Department of Tourism Chief vows to revitalise Baguio, plans official visit

An unobstructed view of the City of Pines

Manila —Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat confirmed that the triumvirate of the Department of Tourism (DOT), the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), and the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) are slated to visit the City of Pines on Friday, January 10.

Puyat, together with Secretaries Eduardo Año and Roy Cimatu will be visiting Burnham Park, Wright Park, Mines View Park, Baguio City’s sewage treatment plant and Balili river, and the sanitary land fill in Irisan.

The bustling Night Market at Harrison Road

An inter-agency meeting with the Baguio Local Government Unit (LGU) has been scheduled to tackle   the prevailing problems that ail the premiere tourist site such as overtourism and discuss the possible sustainable infrastructure rehabilitation projects on urban carrying capacity of Baguio, La Trinidad, Itogon, Sablan, Tuba and Tublay (BLISTT) and other plans to redevelop and decongest the UNESCO Creative City.

“The commitment to our mandate to sell and protect our natural attractions remains our paramount objective. It is a shared responsibility, however, among government and our people to be responsible stewards of our planet,” the Tourism Chief added.

More than a year since Boracay underwent massive restoration, the Department of Tourism (DOT) bared plans to rehabilitate the flagship tourist destination.

Tourists enjoying the serene waters of Burnham lake

Among the projects the DOT pledged to bankroll in the “City of Pines”, through its infrastructure arm, Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA), include the Php 480-million rehabilitation of the iconic Burnham Park; TIEZA and Baguio signed a MOA on the funding commitment.

One of the rustic cottages inside Teacher’s Camp

Meanwhile, the DOT and TIEZA are also intently studying Baguio’s request for funding for the construction of a sewerage system and the rehabilitation of the Mines View Park.

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