NEDA-Cordillera conducted the Spatial Planning Blended Workshop on 29 April 2022 at the Newtown Hotel, Baguio City. The workshop aimed at crafting a spatial development framework that will identify specific locations for production, protection, settlements, and infrastructure development for the BLISTT as the region’s southern primary growth center. It is part of a series of activities to update the 2017-2019 BLISTT Action Agenda. Representatives from the Baguio-La Trinidad-Itogon-Sablan-Tuba-Tublay (BLISTT) Local Government Units (LGUs), the Benguet Provincial Government, regional line agencies, and the academe participated in said workshop.
Director Maria O. Amoroso of the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD) – CAR reoriented the participants on basic concepts and essential considerations in identifying suitable areas for the different land uses. This guided the participants to identify initial locations within the different barangays in the BLISTT LGUs for each land use. The BLISTT also identified the support that each LGU could provide for the benefit of the whole BLISTT as well as the support needed by each LGU from the other BLISTT LGUs.
The workshop also resulted to the identification of LGUs’ strengths and constraints in performing their spatial roles for the BLISTT and directed the participants towards a “Think BLISTT” perspective
The BLISTT inter-local cooperation was forged through a Memorandum of Agreement signed by the mayors of Baguio City, La Trinidad, Itogon, Sablan, Tuba, and Tublay on 17 January 2014. NEDA-CAR acts as the interim Technical Secretariat of the BLISTT Governing and Development Councils.