Baguio City Mayor Mauricio Domogan said the city government is eyeing to buy the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) park around the Baguio Convention Center.
The Baguio politiko said this will allow the city government to maintain the park.
Domogan also said he wants to sell the a port of the park to the informal settlers already staying there.
Domogan said the GSIS informed him that they have raised the price of the land from P426 millon to P682 million.
The city government’s initial counter-offer was P350 million.
“We want to purchase the property so we can maintain the 1.6-hectare tree park as it is as a buffer zone for our city, especially right within the central business district area while the remaining squatted portion of the area will have to pass through the needed legal process to either evict the informal settlers or negotiate with them so that they will instead purchase the property that they are currently occupying to avoid further encroachments in the area,” he explained.