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Baguio mayor wants agricultural areas identified in new land use plan

Jul 17, 2015 @ 8:39

Baguio City Mayor Mauricio Domogan has called on the city council to clearly define local agricultural areas in the city’s Comprehensive Land Use Plan (CLUP).

Domogan said it is clear that there are existing portions of agricultural areas being used within the city such as Sto. Tomas Apugan, Green Valley, Irisan, Asin, Pinsao, Camp 7, and Happy Hollow, among others.

“There are barangays in the city which maintain vegetable gardens and it is not also right to say that there are no agricultural areas in the city. They should see to it that agricultural areas are included in the CLUP,” he said in a report by Sunstar.

The mayor reiterated his opposition to set aside areas for mining in the city, echoing Baguio City Rep. Nicasio Aliping, Jr.’s call to ban all mining activities in the city.

“Even if there are minerals within the city, we cannot include mining areas in the CLUP and we will not issue any mining permit in the city,” Domogan said.

The existing land use plan gives priority to the residential zones that make up 3,481.75 hectares.

The coverage has been reduced to 3,417.26 hectares in the proposed CLUP to allow more space for commercial zones.

The revised plan expands commercial areas to 306.19 hectares from the present 258.03 hectares. Other zones are reserved for industries, parks, forest and watershed reserves, abattoirs, cemeteries and other uses.

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