THE cities of Lapu-Lapu, Danao and Carcar are good areas for future development, considering they have wide areas that are not at risk of floods or landslides, a study team found out.
But 76 percent of the area they studied in Cebu is not suitable for urban development, said the team from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
The team said they studied 13 local government units (LGUs) in Metro Cebu.
“In developing good urban areas, future urbanization should only be considered in these areas,” they recommended, referring to the three cities.
Of the total area covered, the study team said they found 11,948 hectares or about 10.9 percent of the total area to be “development-suitable”.
They reported that about 72 percent of the study’s territory was in a “slope hazard area”.
Their study was intended to help inform those trying to identify priority development projects for Cebu.
Carcar City, the team said, has 3,327 hectares available for development. Lapu-Lapu City has 2,069 hectares, while Danao City has 1,429 hectares available, said Ken Kumazawa, the deputy team leader of JST who led the presentation.
Smaller available areas for development exist in Liloan, which has 837 hectares; San Fernando, with 832 hectares; and Naga City, with 782 hectares.
The study said that the risk of floods doesn’t necessarily constrain development, because flooding “can be avoided through infrastructure development measures such as capacity expansion and cleaning of rivers and waterways.”
The study, Demands for Urban Development and Hazardous Areas, is part of an interim reported presented last week to Gov. Hilario Davide III and the Metro Cebu Development and Coordination Board (MCDCB)’s steering committee.
The MCDCB’s steering committee is composed of officials from the National Economic Development Authority, Department of Interior and Local Government, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Department of Transportation and Communication, Metropolitan Cebu Water District, Department of Public Works and Highways, Capitol officials and Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc.