BAGUIO CITY – The public consultation on plans to integrate façade landscape on buildings at the central business district (CBD) has been reset to December the exact date to be determined, committee chair on Health and Sanitation, Ecology and Environmental Protection Fred Bagbagen announced last Friday.
The proposed ordinance by councilor Elmer Datuin mandates all owners or tenants of buildings along CBD to integrate landscapes, in support to the green development and beautification of the city as a tourist destination.
“The beautification and landscaping of these establishments will promote Baguio as a homage to beautiful flowers,” and “does not only create a healthy environment for the occupants but likewise enhances its aesthetic view,” Datuin stated in his proposal.
Landscape refers to planting and maintenance of trees, shrubs, vines flowers or lawn that may include embellishing features such as fountains, art work, screens, walls, fences and benches, the proposal also reads.
The CBD also refers to Naguilian road from the junction of Bokawkan road, Abanao st. and extension, Yandoc st., Legarda road, Carino st., Otek st., Session road, General Luna, Mabini st., Gov. Pack road, Magsaysay st., Bonifacio st., and Harrison road.
The proposed landscapes should be well-maintained, free of insects and disease, and watered. Dead or unhealthy plant material shall be replaced within 6 months, and defective landscape features be replaced or repaired within three months, the proposal states.
The gardens should be community-friendly, environmentally-sensitive, and with aesthetically pleasing design. City offices including the City Building and Architecture Office (CBAO) are tasked to inspect and monitor buildings in compliance of the ordinance, and submit certification to the Business Permits and Licensing Division for the renewal of business permit.
Proposed penalties for offending parties are reprimand with warning letter for first offense, fine of P5,000 for second offense, and P5,000 fine and imprisonment to be determined for the third offense.
According to Councilor Bagbagen, businessmen have broached approval to the proposed ordinance but with need for technical support. City Planning and Development Officer Engr. Evelyn Cayat however said the United Architects of the Philippines (UAP) offered technical advice for the project. Other queries which may be addressed during the public consultation.
Concerned individuals and parties may get in touch with Councilor Bagbagen’s office, second floor, city hall, tel. no. (074) 442-54-92. /Julie G. Fianza