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Attention: The City Mayor, City of Baguio
The City Council of the City of Baguio

We, residents and friends of Baguio scattered over the seven continents that
love and still consider Baguio as home, lament the status of Baguio City from what it used to be to its current pathetic state. We believe that uncontrolled urbanization took its toll and has made the city no longer as a prime tourist citadel that it used to be; no longer as conducive as a residential city that it used to be; and has ceased to be a prime scholastic friendly academic city.

We believe that the City of Baguio is culturally, environmentally and
aesthetically unique and different from other cities in the Philippines. We
believe that Baguio is the nerve center of four rich and diverse cultures: the Filipino culture in general, the highland Cordilleran culture, the lowland Ilocano culture, and the heritage culture brought about by the Americans during the early 20th Century.

We believe that in the past several years, the City of Baguio experienced
extensive degradation of its environment. We believe that decisions made in the past with no respect for the aesthetics and the environment of Baguio to put up concrete structures such as malls, overpasses and flyovers have worsened Baguio City's condition and have drastically changed its character no longer as a "City of Pines." We believe that this overdevelopment and resulting pollution can be stopped.

We plead, therefore, as we have previously petitioned that the present leadership vigorously push for the City of Baguio to be declared a "Special Heritage Zone," so that the degradation brought about by overdevelopment can be minimized if not totally controlled. We believe that Baguio City's heritage as a center of culture and as a promoter of environmental awareness is a valuable asset not just to the Philippines, but also to the world.

Hence, as part of Baguios community, we commit our free time, talent and resources as our meager contribution in support of measures by the City in attaining the Baguio We All Want.


In general terms, we propose these general principles to affect a better Baguio City.

1. There should be City wide programs to arrest environmental degradation;
2. There should be implementation of a realistic anti-squatting program that
will not allow encroachment on forests and watersheds by providing alternative sites to the homeless;
3. There should be a traffic management summit participated in by public utility operators, socio-civic organizations and the local government to arrive at solutions to traffic problems;
4. That the city participates in the multi-sectoral group effort to address its development issues so it can move forward towards its aim as a Heritage City/ a Dream City.
5. That the City thinks big in terms of its full tourist potential; to go beyond Panagbenga; to tap its authentically unique resource to promote more programs ala-Canao iti Umili.

Recognitions and particular proposals

1. While we recognize that it would now be wishful thinking to clamor for the past Baguio that we know where it could truly be blanketed with pure fog mingled with the scent of pines, we believe steps could be taken to arrest its continued nosedive to environmental deterioration.

2. While we recognize that wishing for open spaces and longing for the past
skylines are futile exercises, we believe that congestion in terms of traffic and pedestrian movements at the heart of the city, specially, could still be regulated.

3. While we recognize that market mechanisms drive population of sellers and
buyers to interact as they should, the City government could create an
environment where the greater population would not be inconvenienced while market forces and commerce are in play.

4. Given these and in recognition of the current leadership's public
pronouncements to effect meaningful and doable changes, we propose the
following specific actions:

a. The City Mayor should strictly implement without fear or favor ordinances
that would eliminate environmental noxious emissions. These generally come from vehicles that ply the city. The City Council should evolve additional, with zero tolerance, ordinances to punish owners/operators that emit noxious elements from their vehicles.

b. The City should initiate a conference with the Land Transportation Franchising Regulatory Board (LTFRB) and Land Transportation Office (LTO) and draw up measures to strictly limit and regulate the number of Public Utility Vehicle's (PUVs) like jeepney and taxi franchises issued per year to ease traffic congestions. In addition, the system of alternate plying days for said PUVs and privately owned vehicles should be strictly implemented, with zero tolerance (like those in Manila where odd and even numbered plate vehicles are given alternative days to ply the streets). A rationale here is because of the huge number of PUVs issued a franchise resulting to congestions, the slowness of traffic, at the current situation, makes a driver earn only so much. Given proper regulation and a smoother day to ply his PUV, public and private transport will be faster and the PUV driver could earn as much.

c. Furthermore, car pooling, bicycle lanes, and other innovative ways of
addressing traffic could be tested in select areas including the closure of
Session Road to traffic and promoted as a main promenade for pedestrians, especially, tourists. The concrete pine tree on top of Session Road be removed or else replaced by a pine seedling.

d. Hawkers/vendors along places like Session Rd., Magsaysay Ave., Abanao St.,and the Baguio City Cathedral, otherwise known as Downtown Baguio, could be concentrated in one specifically designated area promoting the place as a daily swap meet and a night market for tourists. This would decongest the main roads to become pedestrian friendly and preserve the sanctity of our places of worship while regulating vendors and educating buyers to go to the swap meet and night market further boosting tourism related revenue. The use of parks for commerce must not in any way be allowed.

e. Environmental impact assessment and public hearings should be conducted and objections of the community be recognized before deciding to implement infrastructures like the construction of the BGH Rotunda overpass;

F. We should have zero tolerance and a parallel program for enormous
billboards that further destroy the internal and skyline beauty of the City and against littering, graffiti and vandalism. We should undertake a project, something like graffiti today, sandblasted tomorrow; and caught perpetrators should be punished more severely while for youth offenders, school authorities, aside from parents, will also be accountable for the actions of their wards. NGO outfits like the BB-Picag, DeltaCom, and even the JC's or Rotary Clubs could be tapped for the eradication of the billboards, start a massive clean up and help maintain the cleanliness of the City.

g. Cleanliness in the City should be a must. Littering fines should be
implemented strictly. Ala-Metro Manila sweeping should be implemented.

h. Illegally constructed structures should be demolished. Shanties and stores illegally erected especially in the areas of Wright Park, Lourdes Grotto, and other prominent tourist spots should be dismantled.

I. The City Peace and Order Council should support the local Philippine National Police (PNP) and implement a hotline and complaint desk for victims of pickpockets, cell-phone snatchers, and the like in Downtown Baguio and if perpetrators are not caught, the Precinct Commander of the PNP Outpost where said petty crimes are committed must be held liable and sanctioned.

j. The City Council Committee on Education together with DECS should compliment these regulations through the continuing education and values orientation of all elementary and high school students in all public and private schools with programs not limited to discipline, cleanliness and orderliness. Furthermore, said program and values education should be included in all Freshmen Orientation of all colleges and universities.

We believe that these simple and doable proposals could help alleviate
Baguios deteriorated state so she could regain its prime tourist,
residential, and academic status in the Philippines.

We now respectfully call on the residents of Baguio and the Filipino people to join us in saving Baguio City from urban decay by signing this humble petition, and for the local and national governments concerned to implement and declare Special Heritage status on this unique mountain City as soon as possible, preferably before the Baguio Centennial in 2009, so no further destruction on its limited cultural, environmental and aesthetic resources may continue.



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  • 08 January 2016450. Gacad Ferdinanda
    Fully Agree. I've been away for so long pagbalik namin diyan 2 years ago was dismayed at the "pathetic" state. Something has to be done and restore to the real Baguio where we grew up
  • 07 January 2016449. Grace Maryr
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  • 23 December 2015447. Willy P
    I support this petition
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  • 09 December 2015445. Sheila Agayae
    I support this petition
  • 08 December 2015444. Aida B
    I support this petition
  • 08 December 2015443. Anna Lisaca
    Remove satellite markets which are just a ploy to provide free housing to migrants who live inside these stalls; grant tax incentives for those who maintain trees on their property; no overnight parking & car washes on the city streets and sidewalks (
  • 07 December 2015442. Josie Ct
    I support this petition
  • 25 November 2015441. Joy R
    I was born and raised in Baguio. It is not the same anymore, too polluted it has become unbearable, heavy traffic - both vehicular and people wise, walking down session road is like being cooped in a sardine can. Too much ukay-ukay and shanty looking shop
  • 21 November 2015440. Tony G
    I support this petition
  • 15 November 2015439. Agnes P
    I support this petition
  • 13 November 2015438. Ricky S
    I support this petition
  • 11 November 2015437. Syanrho A
    I love Baguio.... (before)
  • 09 November 2015436. Russell R
    I support this petition
  • 05 November 2015435. Arnel A
    I support this petition
  • 26 October 2015434. Richard Ls
    Its about time somebody has initiated this.
  • 19 October 2015433. Thea M
    I support this petition
  • 16 October 2015432. Tessie S
    I support this petition
  • 06 October 2015431. Theodore M
    Let Baguio stay as the dream holiday destination for years to come
  • 05 October 2015430. Robert Jf
    I support this petition
  • 29 September 2015429. Jojo H
    We all want a better Baguio
  • 27 September 2015428. Lianna C
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  • 24 September 2015427. Raquel Weaver
    I support this petition
  • 17 September 2015426. Laureano M
    I support this petition
  • 15 September 2015425. Barbara Davidm
    Keep it up!!!
  • 07 September 2015424. Sabrina L
    I want Baguio to be new home, please do not let it degrade any further

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