Iturralde cites need for urban dev’t plan PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 07 May 2015 15:04

By VIC LARATO

Acting City Mayor Cesar Iturralde has commended the United Nations Habitat for initiating the Planned City Extension (PCE) workshop for Zamboanga City yesterday even as he cited the urgency of the need for the city’s sustainable urban development plan.

“I think we are in consensus that there is an urgent need for such a plan. Zamboanga City is growing, may be not as fast as certain quarters desire, but steadily despite the difficulties we’ve faced and continue to confront,” Iturralde said as he welcome the participants, mostly city elective and appointive officials, to the PCE Workshop under the Achieving Sustainable Urban Development (ASUD) Project.

The acting city mayor stressed that growth is a good thing, but not always especially when one cannot keep up with the changes and the strain it puts on “our already depleting natural resources.”

“Today, we are tasked with a big challenge. Our objective here , or at least one of them, is to formulate a plan that will not only inspire progress and development while ensuring livability to accommodate the city’s increasing population, which has been expected to have already reached the one million mark or more.

The workshop aims to orient the participants and partners on the UN Habitat’s strategy on sustainable development; to highlight the planning principles and approaches of ASUD Project, particularly the city extension planning, and to formulate the conceptual plan of Zamboanga’s identified Planned City Extension (PCE) AND Planned City Infill (PCI) sites.

At least 20 department heads of the city government, representatives and partners are attending the two-day seminar, which ends today, with City Planning and Development Coordinator Engr. Rodrigo Sicat as the city focal point person.

Prior to the workshop, Engr. Sicat said, a team of mappers from the UN Habitat Settlements Programme (UNHSP) came to the city last April 27-30 and conducted fieldwork for documentation and planning. —  Vic Larato