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Roxas: LGUs build better, safer communities.December 7, 2013


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Roxas: LGUs build better, safer communities.December 7, 2013

Manila, Philippines While in Palawan and Aklan, Roxas advised local government units (LGUs) to review and update their Comprehensive Land Use Plans (CLUPs) and Comprehensive Development Plans (CDPs) as part of efforts to build safer communities, bearing in mind climate change impacts and with “Yolanda as the new normal”.

“Mahalaga ang leksyon na natutunan natin sa dumaang trahedya. Kailangang seryosohin ng ating mga lokal na pamahalaan ang pagtatayo at pagbubuo ng mas ligtas na mga komunidad,” Roxas said.

“We have no choice but to build safer communities. Mahalaga ang bawat buhay. Mahalaga ang bawat oras. Gawin natin ang lahat para makapagligtas ng buhay” he added.

Roxas flew to Palawan last Tuesday with Gazmin and Soliman to check the needs of 14 towns that were placed under a state of calamity due to the damage caused by Super Typhoon Yolanda.

The three Cabinet Secretaries also visited Aklan before proceeding to Capiz and Iloilo.

Roxas urged local executives to review their CLUPs, CDPs and zoning ordinances in order for them to come up with a “build better” plan guided by latest geological assessments that will minimize, if not totally prevent casualties, in times of natural disasters.

CLUP is a planning document prepared by LGUs to rationalize the allocation and proper use of land resources. It projects public and private land uses in accordance with the future spatial organization of economic and social activities.

Under the Local Governmment Code of 1991 and other pertinent laws, all LGUs are mandated to continue to prepare/revise/update their comprehensive land use plan which shall be enacted through a zoning ordinance.
Roxas said that LGUs can coordinate with concerned DILG regional and provincial offices which can provide them with technical assistance in the preparing their “climate-proof” CLUPs.

The LGUs, he pointed out, should be able to identify areas that are prone to floods and landslides and declare such areas as “no build zones” or “no habitation zones”.

While the CLUPs are under review, Roxas advised local executives to coordinate with national government agencies and private sector partners so they can relocate those living in so-called “danger zones” as a preventive measure.
“There are geohazard maps which can serve as guide to LGUs in building disaster-proof or safer communities,” he said.

The government, as part of its rehabilitation plan in the Visayas, is now mapping out areas that are prone to flood, landslide and storm surges with the help of geologists to identify permanent and more importantly, safe relocation sites

According to Roxas, LGUs should also come up with local disaster risk reduction and management plans and consider forced evacuation in case of grave danger to communities.

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