Philippine Department of Tourism (DOT) Chief to visit, vows to revitalize Baguio

Tourists enjoying the serene waters of Burnham lake
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Manila, Philippines — 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.

An unobstructed view of the City of Pines
An unobstructed view of the City of Pines

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 landfill in Irisan.

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 City, La Trinidad, Itogon, Sablan, Tuba and Tublay (BLISTT) and other plans to redevelop and decongest the UNESCO Creative City.

Tourists enjoying the serene waters of Burnham lake
Tourists enjoying the serene waters of Burnham lake

“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.

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

The bustling Night Market at Harrison Road
The bustling Night Market at Harrison Road

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
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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