Wednesday, June 22, 2016
SP APPROVES DAGUPAN’S REVISED ZONING ORDINANCE
DAGUPAN CITY – Six of the seven councilors belonging to the majority bloc,
, unanimously passed on second and final readings in their
regular session on June 21 the city’s new zoning ordinance to complement the
Comprehensive Land Use Plan (CLUP) which they approved earlier on June 7.
Members of the Sangguniang Panlungsod (legislative council) of
Dagupan City passed the new zoning ordinance last June 21.
The new zoning ordinance shall be the implementing arm of the city’s CLUP,
soon be the primary and dominant bases for the future use of the city’s land
Among all cities in Region 1, Dagupan has the most outdated CLUP enacted
Ordinance No. 957, series of 1978. The cities of Laoag, Candon, Vigan, San
San Carlos, Urdaneta and Alaminos already updated their respective CLUPs,
Dagupan waited 38 years before updating its own.
The proposed CLUP highlights the optimum use of the finite land and water
of the city through the proposed development projects of the city in the next
as well as its newly identified growth areas like Lucao-Pantal tourism growth center,
Poblacion growth center, Caranglaan-Tebeng growth center, and the Bonuan
With the new CLUP in place, Dagupan shall continue to remain as the premier
Pangasinan and Region 1 and will further strengthen its position and economic
by adopting a new spatial strategy that seeks to enable the other barangays to
with the traditional urban area in terms of level of development.
This is done by grouping contiguous barangays into growth centers, and each growth
center treated as a planned unit development site which is a new concept in city
planning. The growth centers shall become the focus of more intensive policy
s and investments to serve initially as the focus of decentralized services.
In 2003, there was an attempt to revise the 1978 zoning ordinance but it failed to get
the approval of the national HLURB.
The HLURB is the lead agency in the provision of technical assistance to local
government units in the preparation of comprehensive land use plans;
regulation of housing, land development and homeowners association; and
adjudications of disputes related thereto.
Accordingly, Ordinance No. 1840, series of 2005 is a 30-year plan and therefore
conformity with the policy of the agency of a 10 year CLUP. Secondly, the said
ordinance was approved ahead of the resolution of the Regional Land Use Committee
(RLUC) in violation of its policy and is therefore void.
In view of this, HLURB Baguio maintained that Ordinance No. 957, series of 1978
approved during the term of then Mayor Cipriano Manaois is the Dagupan’s zoning
ordinance that is still in effect.
Since Mayor Belen T. Fernandez was at the helm, she set into motion steps that led to the crafting
of the Revised CLUP for 2015-2025 which was twice endorsed by the City Development Council
and transmitted to the SP for study and review.
Councilor Liberato "Karlos" Reyna IV expressed hope that with the approval of
the revised zoning ordinance the city now has a chart or road map to guide
its progress for the next 10 years.
Joining Reyna in passing the revised zoning ordinance were councilors Jesus D. Canto,
Jose Netu M. Tamayo, Alvin T. Coquia, Marvin V. Fabia and Marcelino Fernandez.
Councilor Maybelyn Fernandez was the acting vice mayor and presiding officer.
Councilor Jeslito C. Seen opted not to cast his vote. (Joseph C. Bacani/CIO/June 21, 2016)
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