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Baguio groups allot P100,000 for env’l movement

Baguio City — Keeping true to their commitment to help this mountain resort city maintain its natural beauty and preserve its historic sites, two organizations have given a local environmental group P100,000 for the latter’s information dissemination efforts.

Baguio Flower Festival Foundation, Inc. (BFFFI) Executive Co-chairman and Hotel and Restaurant Association in Baguio (HRAB) President Anthony de Leon said BFFFI and HRAB chose to help Pine Cone Movement, Inc. (PCMI), because of its environmental protection and historical preservation advocacies and campaigns.

De Leon said the attention given to environment preservation by communities and residents here is important, the city’s surroundings being one of the factors why tourists come here.

“They visit us because of our green environment and cool weather; in turn, tourism benefits many of our residents and businesses here,” he said.

PCMI is a group of prominent persons who care for the city’s environment and heritage through series of lectures and information campaign for students and barangay residents.

The movement also aims to safeguard remaining heritage sites from destruction due to development, as these serve as added attractions for both locals and tourists who would like to know events in the past that had molded this place into what it is today.

De Leon formally turned over the R50,000 check from BFFFI, and another R50,000 from HRAB to PCMI Chairperson Maria Isabel Ongpin.

“We are gifted with pines trees [and] mountains that we should care for. We also have a lot of historic sites that we need to take pride in and preserve. Let us not allow these treasures to be destroyed and be lost just because of development,” Ongpin said.