Biz chamber cites ‘donut hole’ in Malaybalay’s land use plan

MALAYBALAY CITY (Bukidnon News/13 November)— Roderico Bioco,  president of the Bukidnon Kaamulan Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. (BKCCII), said there is a “donut hole” in the city’s proposed Comprehensive Land Use Plan.

He said there are areas already well developed but are still considered forested in the CLUP, especially in the city’s Upper Pulangi district.

“There must be some point of reckoning. We agree there should be no-go zones to be established; those areas developed for agriculture and residential should be given proper titling,” he said.

He added the chamber has to sit on the proposed revision very closely as the CLUP is not only a rationalization of development plan but also to improve the city’s revenue measure.

“Personally, I think we have to take more time to study all the details. Up to now the chamber has limited access to the [CLUP] and the local government unit should provide more access to it,” he said adding that they are gathering reactions from those involved in poultry and livestock.

In the Strictly Business news conference last week, Roberto Bob Tinsay, BKCCII vice president for membership,  said Malaybalay’s CLUP should be aligned with eco-tourism as the latter could help alleviate poverty and other problems with “fast impact.”

On September 26, the city council’s committee on human settlement, zoning, and land use presented in a public hearing the proposed revision of the Comprehensive Land Use Plan for 2012 to 2022.  Copies of the CLUP, however, were not distributed in the hearing.

Engr. Adrian Gamboa of the City Planning and Development Office told Bukidnon News earlier that they would accept additional feedbacks.

Bioco said they sought for a special session with the committee proposing the revision and the CPDO but no date had been set so far.

He said the proposal should be presented by the committee to the city council before it will be submitted to the Provincial Land Use Committee and the provincial board.

After the provincial board clears it from inconsistencies with other LGUs and the province’s land use framework, it will then be submitted to the city council for final approval. (Walter I. Balane/Bukidnon News)

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