Mayor Benjamin Magalong and city administrator Bonifacio dela Pena joined councilor Leandro Yangot Jr. Thursday in inaugurating the Buyog Watershed mural at Legarda Road. “The biggest problem is urban decay,” said Magalong during his speech as he once made his call to put a stop to
squatting. “When will you ever stop?,” which was stumped at the right corner top portion of the mural, a battlecry the mayor concocted when he talked to Yangot early December last year when the “Climate Action Wall” was first planned.

The mayor then described how he got bashed when he posted the same on Facebook, asking the same. ”I got bashed when I posted it, thus I ordered that a regular patrol be stationed in the area and, recently, a total of 30 illegal structures have been demolished,” he added. In his message, Yangot said the call to arms of saving the city’s watershed is “a very strong message to everyone to
stop intruding into our remaining watersheds.” He added that the launching “comes very timely at this point when the issue on lack of water is a critical issue affecting the entire City of Baguio.”

He also called on residents to do their part in helping save the remaining forest cover of the city’s watersheds. He said: “We are sending the message loud and clear that the preservation of our water source, the watersheds, is a collective responsibility of all.” The turn over ceremony to the city, Yangot said, “is a perfect testament that creative people abound in the City of Baguio.” The second mural at the Climate Action Wall at Legarda was done during the month of April with help from the Baguio Educators Art Group and Sin Agi and with the assistance of young creatives, who were
products of the free arts lessons at the park initiated by Yangot.

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