Tagum receives funding for Freedom Park facelift

TAGUM CITY – The city’s Freedom Park will soon undergo a major facelift in light of the launching of the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) program called the Green, Green, Green Program on October 1, 2018 at the National Museum of Natural History in Manila.


With the said launch of what has been tagged as a unique assistance program, the City Government of Tagum has been recognized as among the 77 cities in the country to which the DBM will be releasing the 2018 Local Government Support Fund – Assistance to the Cities.


According to the DBM, the assistance to LGU Tagum which is pegged at Php 14.6 million will be released by the national government by November 15, 2018.


The recognition of being part of the first batch of cities to become the national government’s recipient of the said assistance program came about in relation to the City of Tagum having public open space projects which include the revamping of the Freedom Park that will later on form part of what the City Architect’s Office call as the “City Walk.”


The improvement of the Freedom Park include the provision of new amenities and ensuring that the public open space project is made more green and revitalizing for both the residents and non-residents in Tagum; a walkable link between the Freedom Park and the Rotary Park will also be provided.


In his message before a distinguished audience during the event, Mayor Allan Rellon cited that well-built public opens spaces promote sustainable development, improve public health, increase investments in the city, and improve the city’s overall value.

Interestingly, the assistance from the DBM will preclude the shouldering of the expenses that would be incurred by the local government in relation to the improvement of the area meant for chess players, vendors of banana cues, comfort rooms, fountain, and the Freedom Stage as these will be borne by the LGU of Tagum. (Richi Gulle/ CIO- Tagum)


Tagum City Mayor Allan Rellon, in his capacity as the Executive Vice President of the League of Cities in the Philippines, speaks before a distinguished audience during the Launch and Recognition of the Department of Budget and Management’s (DBM) Green Green Green Program. Photo by LCP Secretariat


Mayor Allan Rellon poses with DBM Secretary Benjamin Diokno and Senator Sonny Angara after the recognition of the LGU of Tagum as one of the first batch of cities to become the recipient of the unique assistance program for having public open space projects. Photo by LCP Secretariat


The improvement of the Freedom Park, shown in the Architect’s Perspective, will be partly shouldered by the Green Green Green Program of the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) in the amount of Php 14.6 million. Photo Perspectives by City Architect’s Office