La Trinidad exec asks DENR to halt subdivision plans-A A +A
Monday, September 2, 2013
LA TRINIDAD, Benguet -- Councilor Henry Kipas is moving to ask the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to help Valley land free from additional development plans.
Kipas, in a resolution, sent word to the DENR–Cordillera Land Management Section not to entertain processing and approval of proposed subdivision plans in the municipality.
Kipas said the issue of subdivision development is not a simple matter to be taken lightly adding existing zoning ordinances must be complied with.
Kipas cites Republic Act 7160, which mandates the Municipal Council to process and approve subdivision plans for residential, commercial, or industrial purposes in accordance to national laws.
"Some unscrupulous subdivision owners tend to circumvent the law by employing other inappropriate mode for the approval of subdivision plans such as a 'piece meal subdivision,' accordingly direct approval from the Land Registration Authority (LRA)," the councilor said.
The developers have set up private subdivisions in the Valley seemingly without approval from local officials, alarming the local government.
Kipas said the move is to prevent further clogging in the Valley. "We have to strengthen and properly implement the laws on subdivision development here."
Kipas added there is more important development needed in the valley such as roads, drainage and free spaces to be kept for the public.
Mayor Edna Tabanda is backing the sentiments of Kipas when she pronounced the problem of subdivisions has been ongoing for a long time and it is time to address it, batting for a total halt in permits and approval of projects.
Tabanda said developers are encroaching on space for parks, roads, forests and remaining open spaces in the Valley.
The local council has approved the move of Kipas in last week’s regular session.
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on September 03, 2013.