BAGUIO CITY – The leadership of the tourism department will support the move of the city government to continue beautifying public places in the different parts of the city through the planting of multi-colored flowers that will become a major attraction during peak tourism season.
Maria Venus Q. Tan, regional director of the Cordillera office of the Department of Tourism (DOT-CAR), relayed to the members of the Burnham Park Management Committee Tuesday that Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez had expressed his support to the local government’s endeavour to plant more multi-colored flowers in public places, parks and even along roadsides leading to the city proper.
Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan welcomed the commitment of the tourism department, saying that the city should sustain its identity as the city of flowers by requiring concerned stakeholders to plant colorful flowers in public places, parks and even along roadsides to serve as one of the major attractions in the city.
“We express our gratitude to Secretary Jimenez and Director Tan for their commitment to help the city government bring back the scenery of the city through the propagation of flowers all over the city. Concerned stakeholders should also do their part so that we will be able to provide our visitors new attractions for them to be enticed to keep coming back to our city,” Domogan stressed.
The local chief executive directed the city environment and parks management office (CEPMO) to work out the mass propagation of flowers that will be planted around the park so that their blossoming will be at the peak during the influx of visitors from November to June.
Further, he also encouraged interested stakeholders wanting to adopt portions of parks and public places to plant flowers in their designed places to support the endeavour of propagating flowers all over the city.
It can be recalled that the University of the Cordillera (UC) adopted the Rose Garden, thus, the higher education institution is in charge of maintaining the park and the propagation of flowers that are planted in the place.
Earlier, Secretary Jimenez had recommended for the propagation of flowers in public places, parks and roadsides, especially along roads leading to the city so that people will be able to feel that they are in Baguio even while travelling along the flower-decorated roads among others.
Part of the activities being considered by the city government is the launching of a contest among barangays for the maintenance of their flower gardens and roadside landscapes that will contribute to overall efforts to beautify most parts of the city in order to contribute in improving the local tourism industry.
Domogan said that if all residents will be able to maximize the utilization of the limited spaces within their properties for beautification, then they will be able to significantly contribute in enhancing the aesthetics of the Summer Capital in order to have added attractions aside from its cool and romantic weather that it consistently boasts for.