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8 Antique towns cited for CLUP compliance

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SAN JOSE, Antique — Eight towns in Antique bagged an award from the Housing Land Use Regulatory Board (HLURB) – Zero Backlog Project.

They were Sibalom, Barbaza, Patnongon, Caluya, Libertad, Pandan, Culasi and Laua-an.

Sibalom got the Gold Award for the timely completion and approval of its Municipal Comprehensive Land Use Plan (CLUP), said Julie Cepe, provincial planning and development coordinator.

Barbaza, on the other hand, bagged the Silver Award. Its CLUP already passed the review of the Provincial Land Use Council and was submitted to municipal and provincial legislative bodies for approval.

The towns that got the Bronze Award were Patnongon, Caluya, Libertad, Pandan, Culasi and Laua-an. Their CLUPs were mostly for updating and were approved in early 2000.

The Zero Backlog Project was launched by HLURB way back in early 2012 to ensure compliance with the formulation and adoption of the Comprehensive Land Use Plan among local government units (LGUs), Cepe said.

The CLUP serves as guide in the rational and sustainable use of land resources.

It is also the blueprint of future physical development of cities and municipalities, as mandated under the Local Government Code, for adoption and enactment by the local Sanggunian through a zoning ordinance, said Cepe.

Cepe appealed to local officials and municipal planning and development coordinators to update their approved CLUPs and Comprehensive Development Plans for the sustainable socioeconomic development of their locality.

Several other LGUs in Region 6 also received the award during a ceremony in Iloilo City recently.

Vice President Jejomar Binay, chairman of the HLURB and the Housing and Urban Development Council, gave the award to the winners. (Pilar Mabaquiao, PIA-Antique/PN)