El Nido inks deal for ur­ban plan­ning

Palawan News - - EL NIDO PAGE - By Bella Mu­tia Cor­re­spon­dent

The El Nido lo­cal gov­ern­ment signed Tues­day an agree­ment with Palafox As­so­ci­ates Philip­pines (Palafox) to for­mu­late its ur­ban master de­vel­op­ment plan. The mem­o­ran­dum of agree­ment (MOA) was signed by Mayor Nieves Rosento and ar­chi­tect Felino Palafox, Jr., prin­ci­pal ar­chi­tect and ur­ban plan­ner of Palafox. Palafox pre­sented a 30-minute slideshow of its ur­ban master de­vel­op­ment plan pro­posal. Mayor Rosento said the pro­posal is com­pli­ant to their vi­sion “to de­velop El Nido with­out com­pro­mis­ing the in­tegrity of its nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment.” Palafox told Palawan News that El Nido has a lot to of­fer not only lo­cally but to the whole world, and the help of its res­i­dents is im­por­tant to main­tain it as a prime tourist des­ti­na­tion. “El Nido has many po­ten­tials to of­fer hindi lang sa lo­cal but to the whole world and the stake­hold­ers’ ac­tive re­sponse to lo­cal gov­ern­ment’s pro­grams like this ay na­paka­ha­laga as we will con­duct a se­ries of con­sul­ta­tions,” he said. She said the ur­ban plan­ning will fo­cus on the re­de­vel­op­ment of the town cen­ter, Nac­pan Beach Tourism De­vel­op­ment Zone, Tourist Dock­ing Fa­cil­ity site, and Her­itage Cen­ter in Barangay Sibal­tan. She ex­pressed optimism that her town can fol­low the master plan as the fu­ture of El Nido de­pends on it aside from heed­ing na­tional laws on en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion and mu­nic­i­pal land use. “This is not only for us but for the next gen­er­a­tions na gusto natin ma-as­sure na ang El Nido ay for­ever kaya nais natin gawin ang ori­hi­nal na plano at pananaw para sa El Nido with in­volve­ment ng la­hat ng at­ing mga sec­tors o stake­hold­ers para sa isang sus­tain­able at mas en­hanced na tourism des­ti­na­tion,” she pointed out. El Nido is the first town in Palawan to un­der­take ur­ban master plan­ning with Palafox, she said, en­cour­ag­ing res­i­dents to cooper- ate with the con­sul­ta­tions it will con­duct. “Ito ‘yong at­ing pan­garap at kinabukasan kaya we are open to hear­ing your voice,” she said adding that “every sec­tor and stake­holder should take part when the con­sul­ta­tions reach their barangays.”

El Nido Mayor Nieves Rosento (seated right) and ar­chi­tect Felino Palafox, Jr., (seated left) prin­ci­pal ar­chi­tect and ur­ban plan­ner of Palafox.

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