The NEDA MIMAROPA, in partnership with consultants, conducted a capacity building activity  for the formulation of the Master Plan for Sustainable Urban Infrastructure Development (MPSUID) in Calapan City project. The activity was conducted through Zoom video conference  on June 24 and 25.  Philkoei International, Inc.  and TAM Planners Co. are the consultants for the project.

In her welcome message, OIC Regional Director Susan A. Sumbeling said that the MPSUID in Calapan City was nearing its completion, as the activity was the consultants’ last capacity building seminar under the project. The said training focused on land readjustment as a tool for transport and urban redevelopment and  traffic analysis and application in roadway design. She hoped that the learnings from this  activity will be valuable in shaping the city’s long-term master plan and infrastructure priorities.

The two-day activity was participated in by representatives from the
City Government of Calapan City (Assessor’s Office, City Planning and Development Office, City Engineering and Public Works), Provincial Government of Oriental Mindoro (Provincial Planning and Development Office and Engineering Office), Department of Public Works and Highways Oriental Mindoro First District, Philippine Port Authority-Port Management Office Mindoro, Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board Region IV, Land Transportation Office MIMAROPA, Department of Transportation, and NRO in  MIMAROPA. It aimed to capacitate the participants on development planning tools and best practices to support the implementation of Calapan City’s long-term master plan and specific infrastructure projects such as transportation, urban development, and facility support services.

The discussion included the concepts and approaches of  land readjustment,  land value capture and traffic analysis. Furthermore, tools used for land value capture, key requirements/factors that affects the implementation of land readjustment as well as importance of traffic analysis in the application in roadway design were also tackled.

In the context of Philippine Urban Development through Republic Act  7279 or the Urban Development and House Act, the concept of land readjustment and land value capture can address issues and concerns on urban development such as urban poverty, urban environment degradation migration including  urban local institutions development and empowerment.

On the other hand, workshop on traffic analysis was conducted to determine the level of service of certain provincial road given the traffic volume count and factors. Level of service is the qualitative ranking of traffic operational conditions experienced by users of facility under specific roadway and traffic conditions.

Arch. Armando N. Alli, the consultant’s team leader,  emphasized  the  significance of operational traffic analysis to allocate limited construction and funds and development of traffic operations programs and parking regulations including  opportunities that can be provided by the application of land readjustment in the developing urban areas of Calapan City.

He also expressed his appreciation for the successful conduct of the two-day activity and the support of the concerned stakeholders in the preparation of the MPSUID in Calapan City including the five selected pre-feasibility studies.