Creation of integrated dev’t plan for NegOcc LGUs mulled

first_imgBACOLOD City – Cong. Francisco Benitez of the third district of Negros Occidental is pushing for the creation of an integrated development plan for the five local government units (LGUs) under his area of jurisdiction. The third district is currently thrivingwith developments, including the multi-billion residential property boom inTalisay located just next to this capital city. During the meeting, the lawmaker, localchief executives, and planning officers were joined by Director Ro-ann Bacal ofthe National Economic Development Authority in Western Visayas. These include the cities of Talisay,Silay, Victorias, and the municipalities of Murcia and E.B. Magalona. Meanwhile, Silay, which hosts theBacolod-Silay Airport, is also known for its heritage homes and mountainresorts in Patag. “Update your comprehensive land useplans that are most basic and critical to the development planning process,”she told the LGUs. Also present during the event were mayorsMark Golez of Silay City, Francis Frederick Palanca of Victorias, MarvinMalacon of E.B. Magalona, and Gerardo Roxas of Murcia. “I challenge everyone to be up to thetask of putting together the comprehensive and integrated plan that will be theimportant development roadmap for Metro Third,” Benitez said during theconsultative and exploratory meeting on Oct. 25. Talisay is also home to tourist favorite“The Mariano Lacson Mansion,” popularly known as the “The Ruins.” Bacal cited the rich potential of thedistrict in terms of road expansions, agri-tourism, cultural and heritagesites, as well as the intensive biodiversity of the Northern Negros NaturalPark. The 41.4-km., P25-billionBacolod-Victorias coastal road project, which will start in Barangay Banago,Bacolod, traversing across Talisay, Silay, E.B. Magalona, and end in Barangay13, Victorias, is expected to commence next year. (With areport from PNA/PN)last_img