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Six new ‘growth nodes’ are being built to help decongest Baguio’s central business center.

BAGUIO CITY, PHILIPPINES β€” To assist decongest the city’s central business district, the local administration plans to construct six additional economic districts or “growth nodes.”

“The planned new economic regions aim to decongest the central business district where most enterprises are located and economic activity grows,” city information office chief Aileen Refuerzo said in a phone interview on Monday, “but it will remain as the key commercial and institutional core.”

The project’s goal, she said, is to make the CBD more green, walkable, and bikeable. The city did not immediately provide a completion date for the project.

The project will focus on transportation-oriented development, urban agriculture, arts and crafts, parks, history and landmark restoration, ecotourism, and company incubation, as well as the creation and operation of the Loakan airport.

The six selected places, according to Refuerzo, are Barangays Dontogan, Irisan, Sto. Nino, Mines View, Kennon, and the Loakan Airport.

Under a usufruct agreement with the Department of Agricultural, Dontogan is envisioned as a transportation-oriented development and urban agriculture node within the 10-hectare land. It will house the proposed intermodal transportation terminal, a new abattoir, and cold storage facilities, as well as multiple line agencies and a forest buffer.

The Northbound Hub transport-oriented development and arts and crafts node are also proposed to be established in Barangay Irisan.

The Cordillera Gateway Hub is another proposed transport-oriented development node in Barangay Sto. Nino. Aside from the terminal and parking, it will contain commercial areas and a cold storage facility.

The Parks Hub, she said, will have interconnected heritage parks and sites, ranging from Wright Park to Mines View Park, all of which will be improved. The Mines View will include, among other things, a mine tunnel simulator and glass walk, an enhanced equestrian riding area at Wright Park, and more horseback routes.

Kennon Road, the fifth hub, is planned as an Eco Hub Zone, with an eco-tourism and urban agricultural focus, as well as a view deck and terminal parking.

The Airport Hub, which is envisioned as a transportation-oriented and business incubation zone in Loakan, is the plan’s sixth component.

Apart from the new growth nodes, the redevelopments of Governor Pack Road, Session Road, and the Market are expected to include parking structures, improved pedestrian areas, and bicycle lanes.

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