HLURB, GIZ ink MOA to assist in efforts to improve environmental, land governance
TACLOBAN CITY— The Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board (HLURB) is working with the Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) to integrate climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction planning instruments into Comprehensive Land Use Plans (CLUP) of local government units (LGUs), according to an official.
Nora Diaz, HLURB director for Policy Development Group (PDG) said the agency has signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with GIZ to assist the agency in its efforts to improve environmental and land governance in the country.
“A series of consultations have been made to integrate climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction planning instruments into CLUPs in the form of climate proofing and disaster risk mapping,” Diaz said during yesterday’s 5th Land Use and Development Forum held at the Leyte Normal University (LNU).
GIZ will provide assistance to HLURB in its endeavor to enhance the CLUP guidebooks by including Forest Land Use and Coastal Land Use Planning as well as the existing Model Zone Ordinance and the Plan Review Parameters and Guidelines.
“We hope to finish the enhanced CLUP guidebook by June this year,” Diaz added.
For its part, the HLURB committed to provide technical assistance to LGUs in implementing existing policies and guidelines to ensure that the Clup is in line with other prescribed local plans such as Comprehensive Development Plan (CDP), Forest Land Use Plan (FLUP), Coastal Fisheries Resources Management Plan (CFRMP) and Local Climate Change Action Plan.
The HLURB also plans to integrate the experiences of GIZ in climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction planning into existing and future reference manuals, tools and guidelines developed or updated by HLURB itself or in cooperation with other development partners or government agencies.
The HLURB, together with LGUs, is also urging local leaders to address environmental problems as a concern interlinked with land use planning.
In 2011, the HLURB began to require all LGUs to integrate climate change adaptation and disaster risk mitigation in their CLUPs before seeking HLURB Board approval.
The HLURB is the national government agency primarily tasked with assisting local government units in drawing up their CLUPs and regulating the real estate industry. Its plans and programs are anchored on three major mandates namely planning, regulation and adjudication. (REYAN L. ARINTO)
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