“The City of Baguio has greatly changed… Where are all of these changes leading? What is Baguio becoming? Many comments are being made about the changes happening in Baguio, where some are considered unhealthy and unbecoming,” so writes Bishop Carlito Cenzon in his open invitation to all citizens to The Baguio We Want: A People’s Summit, to be held in the Bulwagang Juan Luna of the University of the Philippines Baguio on February 25, 2015, from 12:45 PM to 5 PM.
The most important part of the People’s Summit will be the workshops or focus group discussions in which participants may freely discuss issues and ideas on topics such as the environment, community participation and barangay interconnectivity, and governance. There will also be brief talks on the history of the land use problem in Baguio, a timeline of Baguio’s transformation alongside a timeline of city officials who have supported these changes, a vision that was produced after the July 16, 1990 earthquake, and a situationer of present-day Baguio.
The People’s Summit is open to the public. Anyone and everyone who wants to do something about the city’s problems will be welcome. According to the Bishop, it is time for the citizens to become more proactive and to find ways to participate in the making of the future Baguio. The Bishop stands as the convenor of the People’s Summit and concerned citizens and non-government organizations from different sectors support him in this. One of the expected outcomes of the summit is a unified people’s coalition that will have the numbers and the power to influence change. The summit will be the first of many activities aimed at involving more people directly in Baguio’s governance.
The Baguio We Want: A People’s Summit is scheduled for February 25, 2015, from 12:45 PM to 5:00 PM because of the date’s symbolic significance. It is the anniversary of People’s Power.