The Regional Land Use Committee (RLUC) chaired by NEDA CAR conducted multi-sectoral consultations in the CAR provinces and Baguio City to solicit inputs to the updating of the Regional Physical Framework Plan (RPFP) 2004-2034, now called the Regional Spatial Development Framework or RSDF.

These consultations started on June 8, 2016 for Baguio City and Benguet Province followed by Mountain Province on June 14, Abra on June 20, Kalinga on June 23 while the consultations for Apayao was conducted on July 28, 2016.

These were aimed at getting inputs directly from local stakeholders on local issues such as land use conflicts, vulnerability to hazards and climate change, road connectivity within CAR and neighboring regions, the need to improve access to basic services, and slow growth in service centers outside Baguio City. Proposed regional and urban growth centers were likewise validated.

The RSDF provides a long-term perspective for the sustainable development and efficient utilization of the region’s land and natural resources.  It is being updated this year to assess how far the region has gone in terms of attaining its goals for the rational distribution of population, efficient allocation of investments, enhanced environmental integrity and better access to basics services.

Aside from proposed policies and strategies to address land use concerns, programs and projects were also identified for consideration in the updating of the Cordillera Regional Development Plan (RDP) and the Regional Development Investment Program (RDIP).

As secretariat to the RLUC, NEDA-CAR shall take the lead in preparing the draft of the RSDF 2016-2045 with the inter-agency TWG.  It is targeted for review by the RLUC in September 2016, and for adoption by the RDC CAR in October 2016. xxx