The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has identified at least six areas of concern that need to be addressed in order to restore the summer capital’s reputation as “mountain paradise.”
DENR Secretary Roy Cimatu said that the environmental problems that they will try to resolve during the rehabilitation of Baguio City include the air quality, water quality of rivers, solid waste management, forest cover, traffic congestion, and proliferation of informal settlers and illegal structures.
“We are looking to improve these areas, which have deteriorated drastically during the past few decades,” Cimatu said.
Cimatu also cited a study by the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) indicating that the most critical urban carrying capacity indicators that need to be considered in the city are road length and area, solid waste collection, water supply, liquid waste treatment capacity, forest cover, and urban land for construction and development.
“We deem these factors as critical because the NEDA also estimates that the population in the country’s summer capital will soar up to 530,990 by 2045,” Cimatu stressed.
Urban carrying capacity is defined as the maximum level of human activities, population growth, land use and physical development that can be sustained by urban environment without causing its serious degradation and irreversible damage.