The Baguio Centennial Commission a.k.a Centecomm (sounds like a menacing Soviet agency during the cold war haha) is asking you to share your vision for the city in the next 20 years. Our ideas will be taken seriously daw by the Centecomm folks so let’s go ahead and envision something.
Mine is not so much a vision for Baguio but I hope that officials will pedestrianize the city. Instead of constructing projects designed to solve the problems of the rich (i.e., where to find a parking lot) let’s build pedestrian lanes that will encourage people to walk and make walking enjoyable.
Really a pedestrianized Baguio will be a much better city. You know, a city with cleaner air, lesser traffic, and healthier people too.
Oops, by the way, isn’t the Baguio Centennial logo above kind of cool? Congratulations to whoever designed it.
From Sunstar Baguio:
As the city’s 100th charter day celebration draws closer, the Baguio Centennial Commission (Centecomm) is asking residents to submit their ideas on their visions for Baguio 20 years from now.
Centecomm chairman Virgilio Bautista is emphatic in this call, as it would help shape a common mental picture of what Baguio should be after two decades.
“Originally what we wanted was a vision for Baguio 100 years from now, but that is too far into the future and most of us will not be here to see it happen,” Bautista said.
The 20-year vision can include such mundane concerns as itinerant vending along the city sidewalks to more grand images for the city like its complete makeover.
“Any idea will be taken seriously, none will be rejected or laughed at,” Bautista said.
The idea behind the visioning is to get ideas on how to solve the current problems and woes of the city and get them from concerned Baguio residents.
“Maybe through this we can arrest the urban blight now existing in Baguio,” Bautista said. “We have to decide today what we want Baguio to be and not leave it all to chance,” he added.
The Beyond 2009 Committee of Centecomm will receive all suggestions and visions on the theme: “What do you imagine Baguio to be 20 years from now.”
Ideas can be coursed through the Centecomm office at the Baguio Convention Center.
“We expect the full cooperation of the whole city (on this),” the chairman said.
Centecomm meantime enjoins every Baguio resident to make small improvements in their households in preparation for the centennial celebrations next year.
Bautista said every little thing counts as the 100th birthday of the city comes closer.
He is encouraging residents to make their homes small tourist spots by keeping their surroundings clean and orderly and to have plants of any variety dotting the immediate vicinity of the home.
“If we can do this, we will have a very good city to visit, especially next year when visitors will come from practically everywhere,” he said.