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Formulation of Calapan City MPSUID starts

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The on-site activities for the formulation of the Master Plan for Sustainable Urban Infrastructure Development (MPSUID) of Calapan City officially started with the consultants’ (PHILKOIE International Inc. and TAM Planners Co.) meeting with Governor Alfonso V. Umali  of Oriental Mindoro and Mayor Arnan C. Panaligan of Calapan City on March 18.

Meanwhile, a  stakeholder’s workshop was conducted at Filipiniana Hotel, Calapan City, Oriental Mindoro. The workshop is the  first of  four consultation activities to formulate the plan. It  served as the formal launching of the project  wherein the planning team was introduced to local counterparts and other development partners. Major activities in the formulation of the master plan were presented and initial development challenges and interventions were also generated during the workshop.

The workshop was participated in  by the representatives from the local government unit (LGU)  of Calapan City and Provincial Government of Oriental Mindoro, national government agencies, civil society organizations, public utilities, business and professional groups, academe, and local media.

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NEDA MIMAROPA OIC-Regional Director Susan A. Sumbeling, in her welcome remarks, expressed her appreciation for the participation of the stakeholders in the workshop to formulate a master plan that will guide decision-makers in the approval and implementation of plans, policies and programs/activities/projects (PAPs) for Calapan City towards a competitive, progressive, secured and resilient community.

Governor Umali, meanwhile, encouraged the participants and said that all Mindoreños must help and support the master planning process not only for Calapan City but for the whole island of Mindoro.

Mayor Panaligan, on the other hand,  expressed his full support to the project and assured his assistance to the project’s technical team by providing  the necessary data/information and existing studies. He underscored the importance of the masterplan that will guide the future and sustainable development of Calapan City.The preparation of the plan is not just for Calapan City as the capital of Oriental Mindoro but also as the Regional Government Center of MIMAROPA. For the next generation of Calapeños to have a city that is better, more sustainable, more livable than the city that they have today. It will be one of the legacies of his administration, he said.

Environmental Planner/Architect Armando N. Alli, the lead consultant of the planning team,  discussed the overview of the project. He said  the consultant’s main deliverable will be a master plan and complementary proposals for five urban infrastructure undertakings. In addition to the four workshops, they will also set up a microsite wherein they will upload the information and updates on the master plan preparation. A Facebook page will also provide alerts and a way to pose questions and comments.

Architect Regina Gilda B. Billones, the deputy team leader discussed the master planning process while  EnP. Joel R. Oaña presented the international best practices in sustainable urban infrastructure planning development.

The stakeholders were divided into four groups: economic, land use and environment, infrastructure, and social development and governance, to provide inputs in their respective sector.

During the open forum, the stakeholders were requested to point out the growth and problem areas of Calapan City. The consultants were advised by the LGU to look into some of Calapan City’s  flood mitigation projects and plans, and to consider the adjacent municipalities.

Mr. Oscar A. Gomez, the team’s public engagement and communications specialist requested  the participants to create a hashtag for the MPSUID activities. It was agreed that the #Metro Calapan 2040 will be used for public awareness and understanding of the whole masterplan development process.

Mr. Joselito P. Supangco, the consultant’s institutional development, policy and governance specialist, in his closing remarks, expressed gratitude to the stakeholders for actively participating in the first workshop. He also hopes that the  same enthusiasm will be manifested in the three succeeding workshops.