To efficiently plan and manage local development, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) on Monday called on all local government chief executives to prepare and update their comprehensive development plan (CDP) and comprehensive land use plan (CLUP) to include the current policies of the Aquino administration.
Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse M. Robredo said there was a need for all provincial governors, and city and municipal mayors to formulate or revisit their respective CLUPs and CDPs to consider the continuing changes in the physical framework of local government units and the present thrusts of President Benigno S. Aquino III.
“You are hereby reminded to comply with the requirements of law pertaining to planning by updating the CLUP and CDP, as original premises may no longer exist or have changed in terms of general considerations like thrusts, policies and strategies of the present administration,” said Robredo said in his directive also addressed to all local development councils, local finance committee members, and DILG regional and field officers.
Robredo issued the directive after receiving reports from the Congressional Committee on Housing and Urban Development of the House of Representatives that says only 437 out of 1,635 or 31% of cities and municipalities are working on CLUPs prepared from 1978 to 1999.
An inventory on LGU compliance to CDP preparation also reveals that only 77% of the municipalities and 90% of cities have prepared or updated their medium-term CDPs.
Robredo urged provincial governments to mobilize and strengthen their respective land use committees to ensure that CLUP review will integrate the mainstreaming of thematic area and topical plans such as Disaster Risk Reduction and Management/ Climate Change Adaptation, among others.
Section 20 of the Local Government Code (LGC) provides that LGUs shall adopt their CLUPs, enacted through a zoning ordinance.
In line with CLUP preparation, Section 106 of the LGC requires local government unit to prepare a comprehensive multi-sectoral development plan to be initiated by its development council and approved by its legislative council.
The DILG considers the CLUP as a long-term plan for the management of the local territory.
As the skeletal circulatory framework of the territory’s physical development, it identifies areas where development can and cannot be located and directs public and private investment accordingly.
On the other hand, CDP is the action plan utilized by every local administration to develop and implement priority sectoral and cross-sectoral programs and projects in the proper locations. ###