DAGUPAN CITY — Mayor Belen Fernandez announced Thursday the final approval on May 3 of Dagupan’s Comprehensive Land Use Plan (CLUP) and its accompanying zoning plan by the national board of the Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board (HLURB).
Fernandez and other city officials were in Quezon City Wednesday to receive the Certificate of Approval of the CLUP and Zoning Plan covering the period 2015-2025 as provided for in Resolution No. 945 series 2017 of the Dagupoan Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP) from the head office office of HLURB.
With Fernandez in that trip were retired City Planning Officer Engineer Romeo Rosario, City Administrator Farah Marie G. Decano, City Engineer Virginia Rosario, City Legal Officer Victoria Cabrera, Professor Nick Melecio, Civil Society Chairman Liberato “Ope” Reyna Jr. and former City Legal Officer George Mejia.
An overjoyed Mayor Fernandez said after receiving the certification: “Congratulations to the people of Dagupan. We are now looking forward to a bigger and better Dagupan”.
He also thanked Councilors Maybelyn DC Fernandez, Jeslito “Jigs” Seen, Jose Netu Tamayo, Alvin Coquia, Marvin Fabia, Lino Fernandez, and former councilors Jesus Canto and Karlos Liberato Reyna IV for passing the CLUP and the subsequent Zoning Ordinance that went with it.
She said with the CLUP and zoning plan finally approved, the city reached another remarkable milestone in its history under her watch.
The new CLUP and Zoning Plan will be the dominant bases for the future use of the city’s land resources, she added, pointing out that the city waited for 38 long years before updating its old CLUP enacted through Ordinance No. 957, series of 1978 under then Mayor Cipriano Manaois.
The three-man opposition in the Dagupan council, supported by Vice Mayor Brian Lim, tried to block the passage of the CLUP in June last year before Fernandez began her second term of office but the seven members of the majority allied with the mayor joined hands in passing the measure.
Unable to slow down the passage of the measure, the three opposition aldermen walked out with the vice mayor.
Records showed that in 2003, there was an attempt to revise the 1978 CLUP and Zoning Plan but the measures failed to get the approval of the national HLURB.
The proposed CLUP highlights the optimum use of the finite land and water resources of the city through the proposed development projects of the city in the next 10 years, the mayor said.
Under the new CLUP, three growth areas were identified. These are the Lucao-Pantal tourism growth center, the Caranglaan-Tebeng growth center, and the Bonuan growth center. These are in addition to the growth centers identified in the 1978 CLUP which are now all congested.
The growth centers shall become the focus of more intensive policy interventions and investments to serve initially as the focus of decentralized services.
Fernandez added that with the new CLUP in place, Dagupan shall continue to remain as the premier city of Pangasinan and Region 1.
This will further strengthen Dagupan’s position and economic vibrancy by adopting a new spatial strategy that seeks to enable the other villages to catch up with the traditional urban area in terms of level of development. Leonardo Micua/PNA-northboundasia.com