DILG backs plan to ban new high-rise buildings in Baguio
Baguio mayor Benjie Magalong’s proposal to impose a one-year moratorium on the construction of high-rise buildings got the backing of the Department of the Interior and Local Government.
“The city is now heavily congested and it’s taking so much toll on the environment. The city’s environmental condition is now a priority concern of the interagency task force headed by Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu,” DILG Secretary Eduardo Año said in a statement.
Magalong said the moratorium would
“give the country’s summer capital a much-needed breather from over-development.”
A draft Executive Order seeking a moratorium on new high-rise buildings and tree-cutting has been submitted for approval by President Duterte, Año said.
“The city needs to pause, breathe, and be healed because of overdevelopment. Let us save Baguio City while we still can. The proposed EO will pave the way for a reevaluation of the city’s urban development planning in order to consider the impact to the environment,”he said
The suspension of building construction activities will help address issues of overdevelopment, windling water supply, and solid waste management.