By Mortz C. Ortigoza
MANGALDAN – The mayor of this bustling town said that the already approved Comprehensive Land Use Plan (CLUP) had just undergone its first review last Friday at the Sangguninang Panlalawigan (provincial board) before becoming a law.
“We just have our first hearing of our CLUP at the provincial board,” cited by Mayor Bona Fe D. Parayno after she was told that Congressman Christopher de Venecia called the four mayors of the Fourth District to emulate Dagupan City whose CLUP awaits approval at the National Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board.
Milagros Padilla, chief of the Municipal Development, Planning, & Coordination, furnished Northern Watch the document that shows the then proposed CLUP 2016-2026 had its public hearing last February 10, 2017 at the Macario Ydia Development Center (MYDC). The hearing was led by members of the Committee on Zoning Ordinance of this town Sangguniang Bayan (legislative council) chaired by Councilor Arnel Y. Fabia.
Padilla said the Committee was consolidating in that hearing the recommendations and feedback they got from the various sectors who attended it.
“The document helps the decision makers and stakeholders in the rational allocation, judicious utilization of the various but limited resources of the municipality and the sustainable use of physical and socio-economic resources, its proper allocation and regulation. This includes guidance on how to make decisions on public and private land development proposals, cooperative efforts and issues of pressing concern, such as farmland preservation. The CLUP provides direction for future activities for a 10-year period after plan adoption”.
The CLUP, according to the document given by Padilla, guides the leaders in demarcating the areas which will strategically yield optimum production and increased efficiency of resources of the local government unit here. They are the basis of the municipality’s Zoning Ordinance.
Before an ordinance like the CLUP passed by the sanggunian of the component cities and municipalities would become a total law, it should first be reviewed by the Provincial Board to determine whether the ordinance is within the scope of the prescribed powers of the legislative body and the mayor who signed it into law, according to the Local Government Code of 1991.