THE City Council of Cagayan de Oro has approved in principle the setting aside of P100 million in the 2019 budget of City Hall for the construction of an ecopark at the former open dumpsite in sitio Dagong, barangay Carmen here.
During their lengthy annual budget hearing last week, the councilors were unanimous in recommending for the inclusion of the funding for the Phase II of the old dumpsite’s rehabilitation.
In the proceedings, city budget officer Percy Salazar explained to the councilors led by Edna Dahino that the amount is important for the continuance of the rehabilitation plan which will span several years.
For the past four years, City Hall had already instituted the transplanting of teakwood, acacia, narra and golden shower trees in the area after it opened a modernized landfill in far-flung barangay Pagalungan.
Salazar said that the national government had already set aside P35 million to help fund the ecopark construction under its Local Government Support Fund – Assistance to Cities.
For the next phase of the project, the former dumpsite involves the enrichment of the open space to create a sustainable and livable urban environment through turfing, landscaping and green space architecture.
If plans from the city engineering office don’t miscarry, it will include a roundabout and a children’s play area.
Also present during the budget hearing were Councilors Zaldy Ocon, Ma. Lourdes Gaane, Romeo Calizo, Teodulfo Lao Jr., George Goking, Suzette Daba and John Michael Seno. PHOTO COURTESY OF CITY ENGINEERING OFFICE