BAGUIO CITY – Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan challenged local residents to continue the age-old tradition of freely contributing to the development of the city and build it to the desired pace of development beneficial to the upcoming generations.
Speaking before the 106th Charter anniversary of the city, Domogan pointed out existing problems confronting the people could be addressed, prevented and mitigated with the presence of individuals who are willing to care, share, give and contribute their time, resources, expertise or even life and limb for the benefit of the greater majority of the populace.
“Baguio being an open city, with its charm, alluring climate and hospitable, warm people, will continue to attract more individuals to come as tourists, students, businessmen and even residents. However, Rapid urbanization and population growth come with a price: traffic congestion, water supply problems, delivery of basic services, demand for more infrastructures, solid waste management, crime prevention and environmental preservation and protection issues are some of them,” Domogan stressed.
The local chief executive emphasized it is therefore but fair and logical to conclude- if we want to maintain the status quo- or at best, to continue to build a better Baguio- then, our competitiveness in the area of giving must therefore continue.
“Evidently, it is not because one superman did them all, but these were made possible because there are people who are willing to give- time, expertise, talents, trust and love and even life and limbs,” he added.
According to him, from natural calamities like the killer earthquakes and devastating typhoons- Baguio quickly recovered because of those who were willing to give- time, expertise, talents, trust and love and even life and limbs.
Further, he noted from the ravages of war- Baguio was rebuilt by resilient givers of time, expertise, talents, trust and love and even life and limbs.
Since its inception as a chartered city, the city mayor asserted Baguio remains to be built by givers who are willing to sacrifice for the sake of uplifting the state of the city.
He called on the people to select whether to be a bystander, a winner, a taker or a giver willing to contribute for the continuous development of the city taking into consideration its stat6us as the country’s undisputed Summer Capital, thus, it is high time for everyone to do what should be right for the city in order to sustain its growth as one of the preferred tourist destinations in the country.
Domogan called on everyone to be willing to contribute whatever their contributions will be because it will guide the city’s leadership in bringing what would the people like for the city amidst the clamor for greater efforts to preserve and protect the environment, address solid waste concerns, improve traffic management and peace and order concerns among others.
The city mayor claimed addressing the major issues and concerns cannot be done singlehandedly by anyone but it needs the consolidated efforts of everyone so that everything will be put in their proper places for the benefit of the present and future generations who would judge what did previous people do in protecting the interest of the city.
By Dexter A. See