TACLOBAN CITY – On October 1(Monday), the highly urbanized city of Tacloban was recognized as one of the first eligible cities of the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) Local Government Support Fund Assistance to Cities in ceremonies coinciding with the celebration of World Habitat Day.
DBM Secretary Benjamin Diokno led in the event held at the National Museum of Natural History in Manila.
Also present to give their messages of support were Senators Loren Legarda, Sonny Angara, and League of Cities president Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan.
Tacloban City became eligible to the P14 million grant that will be used by the city government for the development of a new park at the Abucay Transport Terminal – a priority project of Mayor Cristina Romualdez.
According to the City Planning and Development Office (CPDO), the park which will be located at the heart of the transport terminal will cover 2,063.267 square meters will feature a fountain and a landscaped lawn planted with endemic plants and trees.
Other features of the proposed park will be a commercial area, public toilets, food court, shaded waiting and picnic areas spaces for commuters and visitors.
The park’s design was conceptualized by the City Architect’s Office.
One of the city government’s flagship programs under Mayor Romualdez is the Clean Green and Resilient Tacloban which promotes eco-friendly initiatives such as the upkeep and maintenance of “green spaces” within the city.
At present, Tacloban City has only one public park maintained by the city government, which is the Astrodome Park and Playground.
The park, located within the Tacloban City Convention Center grounds, has become a favorite spot for locals and visitors to the City.
(Tacloban City Information Office)