DAGUPAN CITY — The Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP) has passed the city’s Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance in its regular session today, June 21, to complement the Comprehensive Land Use Plan (CLUP) passed by the same body last June 7.
This, despite the letters to members of the SP by Vice Mayor Brian Lim, who was acting mayor today, and Councilor Alipio Serafin Fernandez, assistant majority floor leader who has now joined the cause of the minority, warning that passage of the zoning ordinance could result in litigation and the SP members who participated in its passage may be administratively and criminally liable.
Fernandez and two members of the minority were not, however, around during the regular session of the SP.
Without them, Councilor Jesus Canto moved to disregard their letters and then later sought the inclusion of the proposed zoning ordinance for second reading in the agenda.
In Lim’s letter, he stated that there were attempts “to illegally and clandestinely include in this week’s regular session of the amendment in the city zoning ordinance which, he said, is the necessary consequence of the Comprehensive Land Use Plan”.
The vice mayor claimed the CLUP was illegally passed on June 7, 2016, claiming that two sessions cannot be held by the body in one day.
In a privilege speech, Councilor Jose Netu Tamayo called the letter of Lim irresponsible, careless and smack of politicking, explaining that if the majority members continued the session and went to approve the CLUP, it is because Lim and his group left as soon as he adjourned the session hall despite strong objection that he raised on a motion to adjourn.
Tamayo said under the internal rules of the SP, the chairman cannot adjourn the session if there is still an unresolved motion and unless all the items in the agenda have already been taken up.
He said parliamentary rules state that the chair can only adjourn the session if the unruly behavior of the members as well as spectators can no longer be controlled, and if there are extreme emergencies.
He said he and the other members of the SP majority are willing to face any administrative or criminal cases that may be filed by Lim and his group as a result of the passage of the CLUP, as well as the zoning ordinance.
Meanwhile, Tamayo assured that even with the passage of the CLUP as well as the zoning ordinance, owners of properties in the designated new growth centers can not yet convert or reclassify their agricultural land to commercial unless they get the clearance from responsible government agencies like the Department of Agrarian Reform, Department of Agriculture and Department of Environment and Natural Resources.
They (land owners) will still come to the SP to seek our endorsement to their plan to reclassify their properties,” he said.
He revealed the zoning ordinance as well as the CLUP will only be effective upon approval by the National Land Use Council (NLUC).
Councilor Karlos Reyna IV, vice chairman of the land utilization committee, moved for the passage of the zoning ordinance and approved with several amendments proposed by Councilor Jose Netu Tamayo, vice chairman on the committee on laws.
The amendments, he said, incorporated the comments made by the Regional Land Use Council (RLUC) which first reviewed the CLUP. PNA/northboundasia.com