BAGUIO City Mayor Mauricio Domogan expressed his willingness to be the overall chairman of the Baguio Flower Festival Executive Committee starting 2018.
A member of the City Council recently filed a proposed resolution reverting back to the City Government the management and preparations for the annual Baguio Flower Festival.
Domogan, during his weekly press forum, said there is nothing wrong with the proposed resolution introduced by Councilor Elmer Datuin, chairperson of the committee on tourism, special events, parks and playgrounds.
The city chief executive, however, said he hopes there will be no repeat of the double Panagbenga celebration in 2005 after two private associations organized the crowd-drawing festival.
“Unfortunately, in 2005, that was the only time na nangyaring dalawa ang flower festival,” the mayor recalled.
This stemmed after then city officials crafted Resolution 138, series of 2002 requesting the Baguio Flower Festival Foundation Inc. (BFFFI) the mayor to be the overall chairman of the Panagbenga Executive Committee to lead the preparations of the festival.
The lead role in the preparations of the flower festival, however, was returned to BFFFI in 2006 with the virtue of the resolution 294 series of 2005.
“There is a need to return to the City Government of Baguio the management of the Flower Festival for the city to engage in a more active role in the planning, organizing, and managing the event,” the Datuin proposal said.
“We will discuss the proposed resolution thoroughly. The proposal is not wrong, it is good but we have to be united. Let’s make Flower Festival 2018 as an improvement of the Flower Festival 2017,” the mayor ended. (Jerick James Pasiliao, Colegio de Dagupan Intern/SunStar Baguio)
Published in the SunStar Baguio newspaper on May 05, 2017.
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