BAGUIO CITY – A Parks Management Authority (PMA) has been created to serve as a policy-making body for all parks and recreation centers in the city.
This is pursuant to Ordinance No. 18 series of 2016 or the Environment Code of the City of Baguio which provides for the creation of such body, according to Mayor Mauricio Domogan.
In his Administrative Order No. 183 series of 2016, the mayor tasked the city environment and parks management officer to head chair the body with the following as members: city council committee on tourism, special events and parks or playgrounds chair; city buildings and architecture officer; city engineer; city administrator; city general services officer; Baguio City Museum administrator; and members of the city local finance committee, United Architects of the Philippines (UAP), Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers of the Philippines (PICE) local chapters and representatives from the University of the Cordilleras, St. Louis University and the Association of Barangay Councils (ABC).
Apart from being a policy-formulating body, the PMA will be tasked to coordinate the planning and preparation of the over-all concept and master plans of all parks and recreation areas in the city.
It will also identify areas for partnership with the private sector in line with the city’s Adopt-a-Park program, screen applications of would-be partners and coordinate regular public engagements to enhance awareness of the constituents on the aesthetic and environmental value of city parks.
The PMA can recommend amendments to all existing codes and must submit related reports to the city mayor on the status of the parks as basis for executive and legislative decision-making. – Aileen P. Refuerzo#