The Batangas City Planning and Development Office tied up once again with UP Planades, University of the Philippines’ development planning experts, in the city’s ten-year Comprehensive Development Plan, Land Use Plan and Zoning Ordinance for Calendar Years 2009-2018. This development plan covers further benefits in education, health, housing program, population control, and economic advancement in Batangas City for the next ten years.
The consultants of UP Planades presented the Revised Batangas City Ten-Year Comprehensive Development Plan for 2009-2018 to Batangas City stakeholders on Sept. 15, 2009. It took nine months of careful studying, research, and consultation to finish this Comprehensive Development Plan. Also part of the development planning is the Local Development Investment Programming, provided the expected amount of expenses and income in implementing these development projects.
Based on a study, Batangas City has the capability to fund the projects to be implemented for the next ten years reaching the amount of P2.2 billion. According to consultant Dr. David Yap, the team identified eight growth centers in the revised Land Use Plan. Three of these are the Montemaria Shrine in Barangay Pagkilatan, which is expected to put Batangas City in the world map as a pilgrimage site and another tourist attraction; Barangay Sampaga which is designated to be an educational center; and the diversion road where light industries are supposed to flourish.
Dr. Cresencio Montalbo, Jr., UP Planades team leader, stated that the southern portion of Batangas City is catching up with the development which was only concentrated on the northern part of the city in the previous years. He said it was because of SM City Batangas, a development catalyst which draws investors to the vicinity.
The consultants also projected that the leading investments for the next years will be the agro-industrial, tourism, real estate, power, and fuel industries.
Ten of the principal projects in Batangas City in the ten-year comprehensive plan are housing programs, barangay waterworks, poblacion drainage rehabilitation, construction of Colegio ng Lungsod ng Batangas in Sampaga, drainage master plan, construction of dike in the Calumpang River, centralized sewerage system, widening of barangay roads, construction of Clinica ng Bayan, and the opening of Pallocan/Silangan/Gulod/STAR road.
This development plan shall be presented to the City Development Council in Sept. 24 and to the City Council in October.
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