Pangasinan Fourth District Rep. Christopher de Venecia Jr. offered to help follow up the approval of the Comprehensive Land Use Plan (CLUP) of Dagupan still pending before the National Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board (NHLURB) in Manila.
|Congressman Christopher de Venecia|
De Venecia said he will work closely with Mayor Belen Fernandez and all other officials of Dagupan to secure the approval of the CLUP from the regulatory body soon after he was informed that the city’s CLUP has not been reported out by NHLURB where it was submitted since last year.
De Venecia also called on all towns in his district to follow the example set by Dagupan City by preparing and adopting their respective CLUPs so their development can be accelerated or shifted to higher gears.
He said in view of the fast-changing times, all LGUs must learn to adjust and innovate so they will not be left behind by others, thus it is important that they should have their respective CLUPs.
The approved CLUP will serve as the LGU's road map to development for the next 10 years, detailing where investors will position their investments, the specific areas for housing and settlements, parks and the open spaces that need to be preserved to balance the eco-system, De Venecia said.
Citing the decisive steps taken by Dagupan in proposing a new CLUP to replace an outmoded one still in use that was approved way back in 1978, De Venecia said the new CLUP, once approved by NHLURB, will make Dagupan more irresistible to investors, domestic and foreign.
Although the new CLUP is yet pending in the NHLURB, Dagupan was already endorsed by the Philippine Export Zone Authority (PEZA) as ideal location for foreign investors engaged in BOP-IT and Agro-Aqua industries.
De Venecia called on Mayors Constante Agbayani of San Fabian, Bonafe Parayno of Mangaldan, Robert De Vera of San Jacinto and Kim Amador of Manaoag to now convene their respective legislative bodies to also prepare their respective CLUPs for them to address the pressing needs of the times.
He said programs and projects from the national government and even from abroad through foreign grants can also be obtained by LGUs faster if they have a duly approved CLUP.