Originally planned as a health resort for 30,000 people, Baguio City is now home to 345,000 residents and is the major center of business, commerce and education in northern Luzon. (Photo credits: news.mb.com.ph)

Two studies are programmed by NEDA-CAR for implementation  this year.  Funded under the NEDA Research and Development (R&D) Program, these studies are: (1) Estimating the Urban Carrying Capacity of Baguio City, and (2) Estimating the Fiscal Viability of Establishing an Autonomous Region of the Cordilleras.

NEDA-CAR will undertake the study on assessing the urban carrying capacity of Baguio in response to incessant calls by the region’s development stakeholders to assess the city’s population carrying capacity.  The study will help NEDA, the City Government, and key development stakeholders formulate more responsive plans, programs and policies that would help ensure the sustainability of the city’s urban environment without causing serious degradation and irreversible damage.

Baguio City was originally planned by American Architect Daniel H. Burnham to be a health resort for 25,000 to 30,000 people.  Now home to about 345,000 people (as of 2015 Census), it transformed to a bustling city which is the major center of business, commerce and education in northern Luzon.

On the other hand, the study Fiscal Viability of Establishing an Autonomous Region of the Cordilleras is aimed at estimating the fiscal requirements for the operation of the autonomous region and in determining its revenue generating capacity.

The results of the study will be helpful in crafting appropriate fiscal policies that can be incorporated in the proposed House Bill 5343 entitled An Organic Act to Establish the Autonomous Region of the Cordillera.

The R&D Program Fund of the National Economic and Development Authority aims to promote the conduct of research projects that address and support NEDA’s mandates such as developing and effecting sound economic and development management. xxx