November 30, 2023

All but 13 of the city’s 128 barangays have undergone public consultations on the updating of the Comprehensive Land Use Plan (CLUP), which charts the city’s physical and economic development for the next 10 years; and the Comprehensive Development Plan (CDP), which serves as the implementing instrument of the CLUP.

The public consultations that transpired in 116 barangays began in July last year and are being conducted by the City Planning, Sustainability and Development Office.

The consultation process is crucial to generate inputs on the barangay’s challenges, potentials, and future development needs from the residents themselves.

During consultations, the CPDSO makes sure attendees are informed of the issues affecting their barangays to help them decide on the developmental goals and directions.

To prepare them for the consultation, the participants are introduced to the concept of carrying capacity and the data gathered through the digital twin program for their barangays and presented with facts on the current state of their barangays and how they can become livable communities.

The inputs from the public consultations will be considered in drafting the updated CLUP.

Tabangin said currently underway is the development of the seismic zoning of the barangays based on the 2021 research of the Department of Science and Technology-Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology together with the University of the Cordilleras, Saint Louis University, University of Baguio, and the Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers Baguio Chapter, which will be an integral part of the CLUP.

The updated CLUP will have to pass through the City Development Council, city council, and Department of Human Settlement and Urban Development for approval. – Aileen P. Refuerzo