City Hall levels up Zambo dev’t plan PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 14 May 2016 13:27

By VIC LARATO

The city government is now in the thick of preparations to bring to reality the ambitious comprehensive development plan for Zamboanga City under the tutelage of the world renowned urban planner, the Palafox Associates.

Mayor Beng Climaco, who got a fresh mandate as chief executive during the just concluded elections, has instructed the city department heads and chiefs of offices to review and possibly supplement the interim report-ecological profile of the city and the existing Land Use Map.

This, after the Palafox Associates had already conducted two public consultations on the comprehensive development plan and the Zoning Ordinance, a plan that envisions to transform Zamboanga City into a mega city in the Far East in 25 years like Dubai in the Middle East.

Different City department heads and division chiefs accomplished the template and prepared necessary data which were discussed during a 3-day meeting that sought to review the report/presentation of the Palafox team as a result of the two public consultations held recently.

Spearheaded by the City Planning and Development Office, every department and division had separate meetings to review specific chapters of the interim report from the context of land use plan, profile of the city, baseline analysis to urban analysis, development framework strategies and development principles, among other chapters.

To recall, the city government has hired the Palafox Associates to do undertake a study on the development of Zamboanga City.

Architect Felino Palafox Jr., who was among those involved in the urban development planning of Dubai way back in 1977, was in the city months ago and presented to the local government officials his proposed development plan for Zamboanga.

Palafox said Zamboanga City right now is much ahead in terms of development potentials than Dubai in 1977 when they started to plan and develop what is now known as the global city of the United Arab Emirates.

“I see a lot of development potentials for Zamboanga, from its topography to flora and fauna and natural resources that are best for eco-tourism, agri-tourism and even cultural heritage tourism,” said Palafox, claiming he has pleasant memories of Zamboanga when he came to the city for the first at the age of 20.

Given all its potentials and at the rate the city is growing, Palafox said, Zamboanga could be the country’s version of Dubai in the next 100 days from now, if his short-term planning proposals were to be followed. — Vic Larato