Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Governor: BLISTT should be for true development

La Trinidad, Benguet -- Governor Nestor Fongwan is advocating true development in the BLISTT (Baguio-La Trinidad-Itogon- Sablan-Tuba-Tublay) concept.

The former three-term La Trinidad mayor said the implementation of BLISTT must be for a sincere partnership in true development.

He said Baguio seems to be having problems with overpopulation, carrying capacity and issues on solid waste, which ushers in the BLISTT concept anew.

Fongwan said the BLISTT concept should have been done years ago and not just at the time Baguio City needs it.

"It should be an idea that is agreeable to all parties concerned," he said.

Development in the BLISTT areas, according to Fongwan, needs commitment and not just afterthoughts to be able to serve its primary goal to put development into the neighboring areas of the City.

Fongwan cited the problems the city is experiencing on solid waste management where Baguio trash has been broached to be dumped in Benguet areas, with many talks shelved because of community acceptance and public consultations.

Today, a barangay in La Trinidad is being used as a staging area for Baguio trash before it is hauled to Tarlac.

Another problem in Baguio City's over development is the setting up of subdivisions in parts of Benguet specifically La Trinidad, the province capital, which circumvents local laws.

The BLISTT concept of development is that neighboring municipalities will benefit from the spill of the Baguio development.

The spill in tourism, development, infra-structure and migration will be felt by the remaining LISTT areas in the Regional Development Council brainchild of development.

"We should enforce the law on this; permits should be approved by the local council and the local government unit," Fongwan said.

The governor said several sectors are advising the city of Baguio to adhere to the concept of BLISTT concept of development and is highly recommending it to keep the carrying capacity of the city safe.
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