Baguio City has breathed new life into a 60-year-old dumpsite, turning the once trash-ridden space into a thriving ecological park.
The transformed dump is located in the city’s Barangay Irisan and has been left unused for more than a decade.
According to City Information Office Chief Aileen Refuerzo, the newly established green space is being readied for visitors and eyed as a new attraction for the biggest barangay community in the city.
Refuerzo assured that the opening of the park is being processed and that guidelines are being set when it comes to what can and cannot be done when visiting.
She adds that, aside from a few more tweaks, the eco-park is all set for public opening in the imminent future.
Baguio mayor Benjamin Magalong says the dumpsite has come a long way since its rehabilitation started back in 2019.
“At present, it is showing a lot of promise and has the potential to become part of our attractions in the city,” Magalong said in a statement posted on Facebook.
He adds that, although there’s still much to do, he’s happy that he could make do on his promise to beautify the area and turn it into an eco-park, specifically when it comes to addressing the residents’ health concerns.
“It is still a long way to go but we are happy that the transformation which I promised at the start of my term of office amid the lack of enthusiasm of some was achieved with the help of the community and our good team from the city government,” Magalong said.
As part of the finishing preparations, a parking space is currently being built in the area to accommodate potential tourists.
The Irisan dump was officially closed by the Supreme Court back in 2011 when an avalanche of garbage during a typhoon killed six people. However, it was left out of commission years prior, specifically in 2008.
Magalong says they’re hoping that the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) will help them in convincing the Supreme Court to lift the closure of the five-hectare park.
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