DILG R6 OIC-RD Engr. Ariel O. Iglesia highlights the importance of the SUC–Assisted Approach in Comprehensive Development Plan (CDP) Formulation Project of DILG in partnership with the University of the Philippines Visayas (UPV) as one of the higher learning institutions in the region. This was during the Orientation on the SUC-Assisted Approach in CDP Formulation held recently at Smallville 21 Hotel, Iloilo City.
The program started in 2018 after UP Visayas entered into a Memorandum of Agreement with the DILG for “SUC-Assisted Approach in the Formulation of the Comprehensive Development Plan”. In the agreement, DILG will provide funds to UP Visayas for the conduct of the program focusing on providing technical assistance in improving local area and sectoral plans.
UPV, on the other hand, will conduct trainings for data collection with DILG and LGUs; develop software for LGUs to use for generation of data that will be useful in the formulation of the CDP; conduct trainings for software users; conduct writeshops and seminar-workshops to ensure that the CDP of the target LGUs will be formulated on time; come up with a process documentation report; and co-produce with DILG an operations manual for the SUC-Assisted Approach to CDP Formulation.
The DILG selected 20 LGUs in Western Visayas to be pilot LGUs of the program with a total fund of P25M provided by the Support to Local Government Programs – Oversight Project Management Office (SLGP-OPMO). Twelve of the LGUs formed part of the first batch of target LGUs which came from Province of Antique (Barbaza, Bugasong, Culasi, Tibiao, Hamtic and Pandan), Iloilo (Anilao, Banate, Carles, San Enrique and Sara) and Capiz (Pres. Roxas). The first batch already completed the last step of the process this February after a series of trainings and workshops since last year.
This year, the program will be delivered to eight LGUs in the Province of Negros Occidental (Calatrava, Candoni, Hinigaran, Isabela, Kabankalan City, La Carlota City, Murcia and Talisay City).
The target LGUs are those that have not yet formulated their CDPs and Comprehensive Land Use Plans (CLUPs); LGUs revising or updating their CDPs; and LGUs without CDPs but with updated CLUP and/or for SP review.
“The project is developed to address the poor quality and updating of data of Western Visayas resulting to Region 6 having the second lowest number of approved CDPs recorded in 2017”, said DILG Region 6 CDP Focal Person, Giselle Grace Gerial.
Through this project, the planning teams of the LGUs are expected to formulate better plans to form stronger links with their local communities and identify suitable program, projects and proper intervention in line with each municipality’s mission and vision.