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Isabela set to update
land use plan: mayor

Isabela Mayor JoselitoMalabor said yesterday he will initiate the updating of the municipal Comprehensive Land Use Plan of the locality to suit the needed development of the town.

Malabor said this is among his priorities for year 2018, a press release from the town said.

He said that, through updating the CLUP and implementing the necessary infrastructure, the people of the locality will see something tangible under his administration.

Malabor said that for this year, he will also review the Forest Land Use Plan with the help of the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office-Kabankalan City and the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office.

He said he will propose to have a co-management scheme so that the LGU can have a say as far as the forestal areas in the locality is concerned.

One of the concerns Malabor pointed out is the Giant Cross located in the renown Glory Hill in BarangayMansablay, and the classification of the area into an eco-tourism site.

He added that there are Isabeleno residents who have migrated abroad who have signified their intention to help in developing the area.

He noted that thousands usually go up the Glory Hill and visit the Giant Cross especially during Holy Week.

The number of pilgrims and tourists continue to rise every year.

He added that, as far as the CLUP is concerned, he envisions to establish access and circumferential roads in the three entry points to the locality, the press release said.

The town is accessible through, La Castellana and Hinigaran towns from the north and Binalbagan town from the south.

Malaborsaid the establishment of the circumferential roads in the area would decongest the traffic in the town, especially that caused by cane trucks coming from the southern part of the province.

Also included in the CLUP is anurban greening program, he said.

“Together with our development projects we are going to implement this year for our locality we will also undertake urban greening, especially in the poblacion, where we intend to plant trees to create a cool environment not only for the locals but for the visitors as well”, he said.

Also a priority for this year, Malabor said, is the peace and security program of the town which is a factor in ushering growth and development in the area, the press release said.

Malabor said he has partnered with the Task Force Kasanag, a civil society group headed by John Chiong as far as his peace and security programs for the town are concerned, it added.*




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