BAGUIO CITY: The City Environment and Parks Management Office (Cepmo) has turned a vacant space at the Baguio City Hall grounds here into a Bio Resource Center, which will showcase efforts in addressing various environmental concerns.
City Mayor Mauricio Domogan and the other city officials recently inaugurated the city hall’s Bio Resource Center, which was once a vacant space and was turned into a living space and a buffer garden.
Ruben Cervantes, assistant city environment and parks management officer, said their office aims to share with the officials and employees of the city government the programs and activities of the Cepmo and to get them interested and engaged in the continuing advocacy on keeping the environment clean and green.
He said the center will serve as a green bank to adopt, accept and revitalize plants. It is also a seed bank for those who donate fruit and plant seedlings.
He added that by maintaining its green canopy, it will also shield the side of city hall (near the Baguio City Police Office) from smoke emission since the area was identified as the one of the most polluted areas based on Cepmo monitoring.
The bio-resource center which started accommodating students and teachers for enhanced information and education campaigns also uses organic fertilizers produced by the environmental recycling system machines as well as fertilizer sludge produced by the sewerage treatment plant.
He added that the facility houses a gutter cistern will proposed to be rehabilitated as a rain harvesting facility.
Meanwhile, Domogan said the bio-resource center will be an additional educational center and an added tourism destination for visitors of the city and the city hall specifically with all its components on the environmental management and the different environmental advocacies of the city.
He also stressed that the living garden will be a challenge for the city hall employees to take care of the environment and encourage them contribute in enhancing environmentalism.