July 16, 2024

The barangay livability index undertaken by the city government to measure the livability status of the 128 barangays is an important data gathering tool to guide the city in mapping the physical and economic development of the barangays for inclusion in the city’s Comprehensive Land Use Development Plan (CLUP) 2024-2032.

Mayor Benjamin Magalong said that the CLUP charts the physical and economic development of the city and the barangays for the next eight years and the city needed to consider the livability status of the barangays to determine the plans, programs and activities necessary for these barangays to become not only livable but also inclusive, creative, sustainable and resilient as the city’s proposed new vision aspires.

“With the livability index along with other data sources like the Barangay Digital Twin Project, the Climate and Disaster Risk Assessment (CDRA) and others, the city makes sure that all land use plans of the barangays contained in the CLUP as basis for their development programs are geared towards improving the physical and economic status of the barangays,” the mayor said.

The Barangay Digital Twin Project provides digital representations of the barangays’ existing structures and remaining natural covers while the CDRA identifies climate and disaster-related risks in the barangays.

These were all integrated in the proposed CLUP and also considered in mapping out the equally critical Comprehensive Development Plan (CDP) 2023-2028. The CDP contains the various programs, projects and activities (PPAs) of the city in the next five years.

The mayor said the updating of the CLUP and the CDP along with the operationalization of the newly framed vision “Baguio 2043 – A creative, inclusive and livable city” were all synchronized to achieve the ultimate goal of raising the city’s carrying capacity, stunting urban decay and making the city sustainable, innovative and resilient and able to manage its resources, population and tourism industry and cope with climate-induced disasters.

The livability index put together by the city government through the City Planning Development and Sustainability Office (CPDSO) using parameters and indicators set by the city and partner experts from the private sector showed that showed that 41 barangays were on moderately livable status while 84 were of minimum livability compliance. 

One barangay, South Drive, made the cut as a livable barangay while Lower Dagsian and San Antonio Village manifested declining livability state.

The criteria used were health, presence of food sources, economic opportunities, safety and security from crime, mobility choices, accessibility, presence of essential retail and services, safety and security from hazards, clean water supply, community spaces and engagement and good governance. Under each parameter were various indicators used to grade the barangays.

Barangays that are moderately livable are Campo Filipino, Kayang Extension, Upper Market Subdivision, Guisad Central, Lower Magsaysay, Camdas Subdivision, Middle Quirino Hill, North Central Aurora Hill, West Bayan Park, Lower General Luna, Malcolm Square-Perfecto, Salud Mitra, Session Road, Upper General Luna, Happy Hallow, Country Club Village, Atok Trail, Fort Del Pilar, Loakan Proper, Legarda-Burnham-Kisad, Palma-Urbano, Camp 8, Military Cut-off, Bakakeng Norte, Bakakeng Central, SLU-SVP, Sto. Tomas Proper, Dontogan, Lourdes Subdivision, Proper, Middle Quezon Hill, Magsaysay Private Road, New Lucban, Azcko, Kabayanihan, Kagitingan, East Modernsite, M. Roxas, Gibraltar, St. Joseph Village, Cabinet Hill-Teachers’ Camp, Engineer’s Hill.

The remaining 84 other barangays are of minimum livability status. – Aileen P. Refuerzo