Sunday, June 19, 2011

First regional land use forum to tackle zoning ordinance

by Elsa S. Subong
ILOILO CITY, June 19 (PIA) –- A regional land use forum, the first ever to be held in Western Visayas, will tackle the significance of zoning ordinance in land use and development.
The forum will be held on June 22, at the Iloilo Grand Hotel. This will be sponsored by DILG-6, the Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board and the Deutsche Gesellschaft for Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), according to Dir. Evelyn Trompeta of the Department of the Interior and Local Government.
Trompeta said the general situation in the region points to weaknesses of the local government units (LGUs) in implementing land use regulations, especially in zoning ordinances.
The GIZ has been helping LGUs in the region, through their Environment and Rural Development and Decentralization Programs, with technical and advisory services in the formulation of their Comprehensive Land Use Plans (CLUPs).
Trompeta said the forum will help the LGUs that are about to formulate their (CLUPs) by way of improving their processes on zoning ordinances formulation, implementing and monitoring these for sustainable land use in their respective communities.
The forum is expected to be a means for sharing of experiences from some LGUs and discussion of issues with the help of experts from GIZ, Dr. Andreas Lange, Chief Adviser, Local Governance, Dr. Herwig Mayer, Program Manager, Decentralization Program, and with HLURB-6 Director Antonio Decatoria,Sr., who will talk about zoning ordinance as a tool to regulate land use.
The LGU officers who will share their experiences include Mr. Pancho Villasis, City Planning and Development Coordinator, Bayawan City, Negros Oriental, and Mr. Vladimir Mata, City Administrator of Dagupan City.
From Iloilo, Mr. Jose Roni Penalosa, Executive Director of Metro Iloilo-Guimaras Economic Development Council will talk on Spatial Framework Experience of MIGEDC, while Dumangas Mayor Ronaldo Golez will discuss the land use as a challenge in disaster risk reduction.
DILG said that the participants, who will come from LGUs all over the region, are expected to come to a consensus that indeed there are existing weaknesses in land use planning they are experiencing, and that by affirming so, they will appreciate the importance of genuine land use plan through effective zoning ordinances. (JCM/ESS/PIA-Iloilo).



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