Issue of April 16, 2017
     
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CLUP aims for preservation of Baguio’s ecological balance
by Aileen P. Refuerzo / PIO

The Comprehensive Land Use Plan (CLUP) charts the city’s physical and economic development with the aim of preserving the city’s ecological balance.

City Planning and Development Officer Evelyn Cayat, in her report said the CLUP which was approved by the city council through Resolution 306 s. 2016 after years of study and consultations with the various sectors of society.

“The importance of maintaining our ecological balance and conservation of the resources has been increasingly becoming clear in the last two decades.  It has now become necessary for the city to recognize this fact and plan what is known as ‘sustainable development,” Cayat said.

“This means that the requirements of the present generation in terms of economic growth and community development (to provide basic needs) are met without compromising on environmental protection and thus will ensure that every generation will leave clean air, water and soil resources for the future generation,” she added.

Cayat said the plan  also guides, controls and regulates the “development of the city; protects the character of the different identified zones; and promotes and protects the health, safety, peace, comfort and convenience and the general welfare of our people and as our unique environment.”

Under the CLUP, land uses were designated and were zoned as residential, commercial, industrial, institutional, watersheds or forest reservation, parks and others.

The permitted uses of each zone were also spelled out in the plan.

Cayat said to decongest the central business district, commercial zones were designated at the outskirts like in Naguilian Road, Irisan, Camp 7 and Marcos Highway.

There were also rules for the preservation of the watershed and forest reservations.

Moreoever, the plan enhanced the disaster risk reduction management of the city with vulnerability profiling which describes the city’s topography and slope, drainage, flood points location, geology, landslide susceptibility and sinkholes.

“These were all analyzed in coming up with the land use map,” Cayat said.

The CLUP is implemented through the Zoning Ordinance, which was also approved by the city council through Ordinance 63 s. 2016.

Cayat said an information-education-communication drive is being done to educate the public on the plan.

Domogan, chair of the City Development Council that drafted the CLUP, said the plan serves as the city’s road map to 2020 and “our blueprint for our city’s physical and economic development toward a safer and healthier environment.”


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