ILOILO

Iloilo City crafts 9-year development plan

ONE hundred participants from multi-sectoral stakeholders helped update the Iloilo City Comprehensive Land Use Plan (Clup) 2021-2029 during the workshop at Diamond Jubilee Hall last February 14.

Clup is a nine-year spatial development plan based on Climate and Disaster Risk Assessment (CDRA), an analysis of what the city faces in terms of climate-induced and geologic hazards.

CDRA is a report being required by Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board guidelines for approval of updated Clup.

Mayor Jerry Treñas welcomed the help of representatives from both public and private sector, non-government organizations, schools, transport groups, housing, agriculture and fisheries.

He said the city should be always ready for developments and investments that are still coming in.

He also noted in particular the proposed expansion of port operations which is most welcome development for Iloilo City with its access as logistic hub to improving economy of Panay Island. The city plays a vital role as distribution point for entry and exit of goods and services.

The city is facing many changes and challenges -- rapid urbanization, influx of migrant workers and expansion now encroaching on the neighboring municipalities, also the opportunities happening in terms of investments.

City Planning and Development Coordinator Jose Roni Peñalosa said revisions in Clup envision the next generation's productivity and enjoyable basic comforts of urban life.

"This is very important because the main purpose is to set a new vision for Iloilo City anchored on all plans, programs and even policies that citizens craft on what and how their city would be," he said.

"I personally would like to see a city with happy people, a sustained one because people are working and productive. And people will go around the city without necessarily using motorized vehicles because the sidewalks are now walkable. More people will be taking their recreation and leisure, well-landscaped public spaces with benches and secured from what we fear of criminal elements," he added. (PR)


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