MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/11 November)—The Bukidnon Kaamulan Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (BKCCII) wants more time to study the city’s proposed Comprehensive Land Use Plan (CLUP) for 2012-2022.
Roderico Bioco, BKCCII president, said the chamber has to sit on the proposed revision very closely as the CLUP is not only a rationalization of the area’s development plan but also to improve the city’s revenue measure.
“The chamber needs to verify much of the details, we have limited information,” he said, noting the chamber supports the plan of the city government to update the CLUP.
The city council’s committee on human settlement, zoning and land use presented the proposed CLUP revision in a public hearing on September 26.
Bioco said they have sought for a special session with the committee proposing the revision and the City Planning and Development Office, but no date has been set so far.
“Personally, I think we have to take more time to study all the details. Up to now, the chamber has limited access to the details. The local government unit should provide more access to the details,” he said.
Bioco, however, is confident there would be “plenty of chances” for them to catch up with the process.
He cited that the proposed CLUP needs to be presented by the committee to the city council before it will be submitted to the Provincial Land Use Committee and the provincial board.
“During this process the chamber will be engaged in the debate, as we go through the details of the CLUP,” Bioco said.
Stressing the need to update the CLUP, he noted that apprehensions cannot be avoided along the way.
Bioco said they are still gathering reactions from the different sectors, particularly from the poultry and livestock industries.
Another concern also is those areas “still considered forested” but are already well-developed such as those in the city’s Upper Pulangi district, he said.
“There must be some point of reckoning. We agree that there should be no-go zones to be established but those areas developed for agriculture and residential should be given proper titling,” he added.
Roberto Bob Tinsay, BKCCII vice president for membership, stressed the need to update the CLUP and asked the media to help in the information dissemination.
Tinsay said the proposed CLUP must be aligned with eco-tourism, as the latter “can help alleviate poverty and other problems with fast impact.”
“Our area is really good for tourism,” he added.
The city council has to submit its proposed CLUP to the Provincial Land Use Committee for review before the provincial board will tackle it. 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/MindaNews)