By Tara Yap
ILOILO CITY – As the regional capital of Western Visayas, the Iloilo City government is eyeing to update its Comprehensive Land Use Plan (CLUP).
This was after Mayor Jerry Treñas and Jose Roni Peñalosa of the Iloilo City Planning and Development Office led a multi-sectoral meeting to create a nine-year CLUP that will cover the years 2021 until 2029.
“This is very important because the main purpose is to set a new vision for Iloilo City anchored on all plans, programs and even policies that citizens craft on what and how their city would be,” said Peñalosa.
Similar to the city government’s 2013-2019 CLUP, the 2021-2029 CLUP will be anchored on the Climate and Disaster Risk Assessment (CDRA) or the risk faced by specific areas in terms of climate-induced hazards.
Over the last decade, the city has grown considerably with developments sprouting in other districts outside of downtown area.
This rapid urbanization has resulted in the influx of migrant workers from Iloilo province and other provinces in Panay Island while there were also many changes in public infrastructure such as numerous road expansions and bike lanes that have also displaced less privileged residents.
For Treñas, updating the CLUP means the city is always ready for new investments. Treñas particularly mentioned the proposed expansion of port operations in Iloilo City as it improves the logistic hub for Panay Island.
“The city is playing a vital role as distribution point for entry and exit of goods and services,” Treñas added.