BFF 2011 goes on with student participation – Mayor

BAGUIO CITY – Mayor Mauricio Domogan last week allayed apprehension over reports of participating students’ boycott of Panagbenga 2011 or the Baguio Flower Festival this February. An assurance of participation has also been given by Schools Division Superintendent Dr. Ellen Donato during an earlier meeting, the mayor said.

The reported boycott was said to be due to unpaid cash prizes won by elementary and secondary school student-participants for Panagbenga 2010 which the mayor clarified has already been resolved. He recalled that as congressman during the earlier half of 2010, P1M from his funds has been allocated for the purpose. An additional Half-a-Million Pesos last December has been appropriated from the Special Education Fund (SEF) to fulfill said obligations, the mayor added.

A review of events revealed that prizes for BFF 2010 has not been granted appropriation, and the 2010 city budget has just been approved, thus the delay.

Mayor Domogan also rued the exaggeration for the non-payment may be due to “political” reasons.  
He thus called on the parents and teachers of students to participate in the government-led and community-based festival which opens with a parade on Feb. 1. The efforts of both should redound to a better festival, the mayor said.

Instead of the inconveniences dividing us, we should instead unite for a better Panagbenga, the mayor said, “and work for an improved flower festival.” Parents, teachers, elementary and high school student-participants are to be informed of the developments.

With proper management, and the proper procedures being followed, the snag on payment of prizes should not happen again, the mayor assured. 
With this, the mayor invited the general public to the BFF activities.

As to an earlier schedule released by the Panagbenga secretariat, traditional activities would go on during the following dates: Grand opening parade, Feb. 1; Market Encounter, Feb. 1 to March 6; Let A Thousand Flowers Bloom, Feb. 12; Pre-Valentine Event and Fluvial Float Parade, Feb. 13; Grand Street Parade, Feb. 26; Grand Float Parade, Feb. 27; Session Road in Bloom, Feb. 28 to March 6; Pony Boys’ Day, March 2; Central North Luzon Tourism Fair, March 3 to March 5; Grand Closing Ceremony and Fireworks Display, March 6.

Interested individuals as to additional flower festival activities could inquire from the Panagbenga Secretariat Office at the BCVB bldg., Burnham Park, tel. no. (074) 442-4315 and (074) 442-4088; or email address: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 
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