MALAYBALAY CITY – To integrate disaster resiliency in the city’s Comprehensive Land Use Plan (CLUP), the City Planning & Development Office (CPDO), in coordination with the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development, initiated a five – day Climate and Disaster Risk Assessment (CDRA) workshop from March 14 – 18, 2022. The said workshop is part of updating the city’s CLUP.

According to Ms. Tanya Jane Pinsoy, geologist and one of the trainers of the workshop, there is a need to mainstream CDRA into CLUP to better understand natural hazards and climate change and its risks to exposed areas, sectors and communities and how these risks would likely alter the development path of a locality. Through this workshop, participants studied the risks and vulnerabilities of exposed elements associated with natural hazards and climate change and came up with mitigation measures. These elements include population, urban use areas, natural resources, lifeline utilities and critical facilities.

Eighty (80) participants attended the workshop which included personnel from CPDO, City Agriculture Office, City Environment & Natural Resources Office (City ENRO), City Social Welfare & Development Office (CSWDO), City Disaster Risk Reduction & Management Office (CDRRMO), City Engineering Office (CEO), Agriculture and Bio-System Engineering Division, City Tourism and Investment Division, and City Housing Division of the City Mayor’s Office, Sanggunian Panlungsod- IP Mandated Representative, LIGA President, Public Employment and Services Office (PESO), Bukidnon Second Electric Cooperative (BUSECO) and Malaybalay City Water District.

Prior to the workshop, the office, through its Research and Statistics Division, piloted Poblacion One for its critical point facilities mapping. Also, the office, conducted plotting of lifeline utilities which developed an exposure database. Using the 2019 satellite image and other supporting documents, the participants were able to map out and create a database of the different exposure units/ elements mentioned above.

It must be noted that under the Local Government Code, LGUs are mandated to prepare their CLUP enacted thru a Zoning Ordinance. The said two documents serve as the primary and dominant bases for the future use of the land resources. Further, the documents prescribe reasonable limits and restrains on the use of property within the jurisdiction of the city/ municipality.

The next activities in preparation of the city’s CLUP include, Infrastructure and Utilities Mapping, Resource Mapping, Agri-Mapping and Hazard Mapping of the barangays which would take place from April to September 2022.

By: Kristina M. Egnar