The residents of Barangay Alangilan, Bacolod City issued a manifesto opposing the proposed reclassification of the entire barangay of Alangilan from agricultural to an eco-tourism barangay.
Their opposition was echoed by Alangilan Kagawads Alex Sausi, Donard Alimpolo and Roy Retiza in a letter to the Bacolod Sangguniang Panlungsod through Vice Mayor Greg Gasataya dated February 15.
The Alangilan residents said they are urging the city government to comply with the stringent mandatory requirements and procedures set by law in the reclassification of agricultural lands.
Bacolod Councilor Archie Baribar, chairman of the SP Committee on Urban Planning and Development, has authored an ordinance declaring Barangay Alangilan as an Eco-Tourism Barangay, which it says is very vital to the development of the proposed Metro Safari Resort in Barangay Alangilan, during their session on March 27.
Baribar proposed that the ordinance be studied by the City Planning and Development Office, Tourism Office, Barangay Council of Barangay Alangilan in coordination with the City Environment and Natural Resources Office and ENRO of the city, that were mandated to submit their study and recommendation within six months from the passage of the code for appropriate action by the SP.
The Sangguniang Barangay of Alangilan had also passed Resolution 14-05-01, series of 2014 favorably endorsing the proposed Metro Safari Resort in Barangay Alangilan, requesting the Bacolod Sangguniang Panlungsod to amend the Zoning Ordinance of Bacolod City so that the lot of the proposed resort will be classified as eco-tourism and also asked the Department of Agrarian Reform to help the proponent convert the land from agricultural to eco-tourism.
Kagawads Sausi, Alimpolo and Retiza said in their letter that at a public hearing conducted by the Municipal Agrarian Reform Officer, mandatory requirements to be complied before an agricultural land can be reclassified to non-agricultural use by amending the zoning ordinance were noted.
The construction and development of the MSR was ordered stopped by the court after it was proven that the owner failed to secure the necessary permits from various government agencies such as building permit, to the reclassification of their lot from agricultural to eco tourism.
Meanwhile, the SP has passed Resolution No. 88-14-848 acknowledging the Campuestohan Mountain resort as a tourism landmark.*CGS
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