The Regional Land Use Committee (RLUC) VI endorsed last August 10 the new Iloilo City Comprehensive Land Use Plan (CLUP) and Zoning Ordinance (ZO) to the Sangguniang Panlungsod of Iloilo City for adoption and enactment.  This was after the RLUC VI completed the three-month review process prescribed by Executive Order 72, Series of 1993.

Earlier, during its virtual Plenary Session last July 15, the Committee conditionally endorsed the CLUP and ZO 2021-2029.  The condition was for Iloilo City to incorporate remaining recommendations of other members.  After said condition has been complied with, the plan documents were then endorsed to the Iloilo City SP through Resolution No. 2, Series of 2021.

RLUC VI Chairperson Meylene C. Rosales (OIC-Regional Director of NEDA VI) emphasized the need for a thorough review of the CLUP and ZO since these documents will serve as guide in the development of Iloilo City as Region VI’s capital starting 2021 until 2029. She said any development in the City as the regional capital will have an impact on the rest of Western Visayas.

Director Rosales acknowledged that the process undergone by both Iloilo City (as the proponent) and the RLUC members (as the reviewers) was not easy due to restrictions imposed amid the pandemic.  The tight deadline was also a challenge.  She related that the NEDA VI as the secretariat of the RLUC VI designed an online system that allowed an efficient and timely review of the CLUP.

“The system enabled the RLUC members to do a more exhaustive review, which required them to spend so much time reading the voluminous documents,” RLUC VI Technical Coordinator and NEDA VI planning chief Maria Lourdes Miado shared.  Standardized review forms containing specific parameters for each reviewing agency, an online one-stop shared folder for all resources needed in the review, and online weekly monitoring to update each reviewer of their progress were among the innovations used.

The Committee members simultaneously reviewed the initial draft last May.  Their inputs reflected in the accomplished forms were immediately forwarded to the Iloilo City Planning and Development Office (ICPDO) for incorporation in the draft. The revised draft was then presented during the virtual Plenary Session where another batch of review outputs  were collected.

“[There is] a big difference. It was quite challenging. I’ve been a part of RLUC and for the past two decades, we have not experienced [this thorough review]. I know [they] were not reviewing from the perspective of reviewers but they were also reckoning against their future [as Ilonggos],” Iloilo City Planning and Development Coordinator Jose Roni Peñalosa expressed.

The RLUC members and the Iloilo City Government through the ICPDO worked closely during the entire three-month review.  Such collaboration produced 32 sets of review inputs from 17 RLUC members. These inputs, as stated in Resolution No. 2, must be incorporated in the final version of the CLUP and ZO before its enactment and adoption, and subsequent submission to the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development for ratification. (PFPD/RCMacalalag)