TOURISM Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA) Chief Operating Officer Mark Lapid has committed to prioritize Baguio City, pledging to push for funding for Baguio’s ambitious Burnham Park rehabilitation project.
Lapid announced his commitment in a meeting with Baguio Mayor Benjamin Magalong to discuss the P3.7 billion sewerage treatment plant rehabilitation and upgrade funded by loan from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) through the TIEZA.
Lapid said that he will push for the inclusion of the Burnham Park rehabilitation in the project, with an estimated cost of P700 million.
“The development of Burnham Park has been our social commitment to the people and we intend to pursue it along with the rehabilitation of the city’s sewerage system,” Lapid said.
According to Lapid, the pursuit of the Burnham Park rehabilitation will be done at no cost to the city should it be successfully funded.
The main project itself is set to be completed over a course of four years, with two years for preparatory work and two years of actual construction before the treatment plant is turned over to the city and the new pipelines connecting more households to the plant are set up and connected to the network.