Pro­tec­tion on safe­guarded lands in­ten­si­fied

Sun.Star Baguio - - TOP STORIES - Jho Ar­ranz

PRO­TECT­ING and pre­serv­ing the en­vi­ron­ment is one of the city’s thrust in or­der to make the moun­tain re­sort a bet­ter place to live in by the con­stituents and the next gen­er­a­tions.

The Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Code of 1991, as amended, man­dates ev­ery lo­cal gov­ern­ment units to im­ple­ment com­pre­hen­sive and sus­tain­able devel­op­ment prac­tices to pro­tect, con­serve and mit­i­gate en­su­ing envi-ron­men­tal con­cerns of its nat­u­ral re­sources.

Since the nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment is frag­ile and in need of spe­cial le­gal pro­tec­tions, Vice Mayor Edi­son Bilog has cre­ated the Safe­guarded Lands Iden­ti­fi­ca­tion, Pro­tec­tion and Man­age­ment Com­mit­tee (SLIPMC) through ad­min­is­tra­tive or­der no. 153.

City plan­ning and devel­op­ment of­fi­cer engr. Eve­lyn Cayat will lead the com­mit­tee to

gether with mem­bers city as­ses­sor Maria Al­maya Ad­dawe, city en­vi­ron­ment and parks man­age­ment of­fice Cordelia Lac­samana, of­fi­cer-in­charge city tourism of­fi­cer Jose Maria Rivera, city le­gal of­fi­cer Atty. Mel­chor Car­los Ra­banes, city gen­eral ser­vices of­fi­cer in-charge Eu­gene Buyu­can, con­cerned punong barangays where the iden­ti­fied safe­guarded lands are lo­cated, three rep­re­sen­ta­tives from a city ac­cred­ited en­vi­ron­men­tal or­ga­ni­za­tion/civil so­ci­ety/non-gov­ern­ment or­ga­ni­za­tion, pro­fes­sional ur­ban en­vi­ron­ment plan­ner, other in­di­vid­u­als or agen­cies as may be de­ter­mined by the com­mit­tee that can as­sist in its ef­fec­tive per­for­mance of its du­ties.

Func­tions of the SLIPMC in­clude re­view the maps of safe­guarded lands pre­pared by the CPDO for the ap­proval of the City Coun­cil pre­pare con­cept and other re­quired plans for safe­guarded lands, re­quest the Na­tional Com­mis­sion on Indige­nous Peo­ple (NCIP) to fur­nish the city in­for­ma­tion on Cer­tifi­cate of An­ces­tral Do­main Ti­tle, Cer­tifi­cate of An­ces­tral Land Ti­tle, and Cer­tifi­cate of An­ces­tral Land Claim ap­pli­ca­tions within Baguio as well as the Com­pre­hen­sive Sus­tain­able An­ces­tral Do­main or Land Devel­op­ment Plan for the city to act ap­pro­pri­ately.

The com­mit­tee will also re­quest the De­part­ment of En­vi­ron­ment and Nat­u­ral Re­sources on town­site sales ap­pli­ca­tions, mis­cel­la­neous sales ap­pli­ca­tions, free patents and spe­cial patents ap­pli­ca­tion within Baguio for the city to act ap­pro­pri­ately on said ap­pli­ca­tions.

They will iden­tify buffer zones which need spe­cial devel­op­ment con­trol to avoid or min­i­mize harm to the safe­guarded land ar­eas; make guide­lines for the pro­tec­tion and con­ser­va­tion of her­itage sites in­clud­ing the giv­ing of in­cen­tives to own­ers of her­itage sites to en­cour­age them to pre­serve their prop­erty and sub­mit the same to the city coun­cil for ap­proval; make re­ports to the city mayor and rec­om­mend amend­ment or re­vi­sions on all other or­di­nances or codes to give ef­fect to the pro­vi­sions of the en­vi­ron­men­tal code.

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